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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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.

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.

First Aid

First-aid essentials
for the outdoors

Have a look at our infographic to see what to pack in your first-aid outdoors kit before your camping trip, hike or outdoor adventure.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
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

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.

Children up to 12

Burn treatment

If you’ve burnt your hand, here’s how to administer treatment and when to see your doctor.

Expert Articles

First-aid kits

Here’s a checklist for what to have in your first-aid kit.

Emergency

A car accident: now what?

Tips on how to deal with an road-accident emergency.

Emergency

Keep safe this holiday: tips from an emergency centre doctor

Here are some of the most common medical mishaps over the summer holidays and how to avoid them.

First Aid

Treat the pain of a sprain

Sooner or later, it’s bound to happen. You sprain your ankle, wrist, elbow or even your knee – but what exactly have you done?

First Aid

Dealing with an emergency

No one wants to imagine having to deal with emergencies. But you can be a lifesaver if you know what to do and are able to help. Emergencies need quick

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