First Aid

What you need to know on first-aid kits and how to treat a wound, plus how to spot symptoms for certain illnesses.

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Cold exposure
Conditions

Cold exposure in winter is more dangerous than you think

Being outdoors in winter can have serious health risks. In severe circumstances, you could be at risk for contracting hypothermia. Here’s how to ensure you stay safe.

car accident
Emergency

Reduce the risk of a car accident in winter (and in general)

The sad reality is that South Africa has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the world. Poor vehicle maintenance and human error increase the chance you’ll be involved in an accident. Here are the most common hazards – and how to deal with them.

Emergency

Are you sure your home is fireproof?

ER24 paramedics are often called out to attend to injuries caused by household fires – and in winter the prevalence increases. Be aware of the risk factors for fires and

First Aid

‘I’ve never questioned my decision to help those in need’

Dr Melanie Erasmus is a Mediclinic Emergency Centre GP and virtual consultant who helps addicts on the road to recovery. She shares how medicine is part of her DNA.

First Aid

How to prevent contracting malaria during your next holiday

Travelling to high-risk malaria areas in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and areas of Kwazulu-Natal for your holiday this year? Mediclinic malaria expert Dr Stefan Basson explains why taking malaria medication and employing other personal preventative measures is a non-negotiable.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
First Aid

Poisonous plants: what to look out for

Do you know whether there are poisonous plants among your daisy bushes? This infographic shows you what to look out for and what to do in an emergency.

Babies

Choosing a safe car seat

We look at the safest car seats for your baby or child, from rear-facing to reclining options and include information on installation options like ISOFIX.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
Exercise

How to avoid common mountain biking injuries

Whether you’re a Cape Epic cross-country rider or a downhill extremist, if you’re out on your mountain bike you could run the risk of a range of injuries. Here’s a look at the most common ones, and how to prevent them happening.

Babies

How to treat common bites and stings

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

Emergency

How to avoid sunstroke

Our infographic looks at what causes sunstroke, who is most at risk and how to prevent it this summer.

Emergency

The basics on burns and how to treat them

The causes of burns are wide-ranging – but do you know how to identify the severity of a burn or how to treat it? An ER24 Critical Care paramedic tells us more.

Emergency

Common household injuries – and how to treat them

An ER24 Critical Care paramedic gives his top tips on how to treat the three most common household mishaps, and when to seek medical assistance.

Emergency

Emergency 101

There are many conditions that aren’t serious but can also be considered emergencies. You should visit an emergency centre if a medical or surgical condition exits that will deteriorate if it’s not treated. Here are some to take note of.

Emergency

How to: describe your pain

Since we all experience pain totally differently, it’s extremely difficult to explain what hurts – and how badly – to anyone. We’ve put together a rough guide to explaining your pain to a doctor in the shortest, most effective way possible…

First Aid

Food poisoning vs tummy bug

Dr Brauer gives his advice on telling the difference between holiday food poisoning and getting a tummy bug… and what to do about it

Expert Articles

Travel first-aid kit

We asked Dr Marcus Brauer to assist us with compiling a comprehensive travel first aid kit for the summer holidays.

Emergency

SOS – part two: identifying emergencies

Dr Brian Gutuza, the head of the emergency centre at Mediclinic Cape Town tells us how to spot a potentially dangerous situation.

Emergency

SOS – part one: dealing with emergencies

Did you know? If you’ve burnt your hand on the stove, don’t sooth the burn with ice or frozen peas. The freezing is harmful to your skin.

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