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.

Sign up to our Newsletter


First Aid

FAQs: Treating burns

When treating a burn Dr Philip Nel says it’s vital to ‘ensure that the environment is safe for you and the patient before attending to the wound.

First Aid

The best things about summer are also the most dangerous

Depending on what you know, three things that make summer great could also prove fatal if you don’t know what to do in an emergency. An ER24 expert shares how to keep yourself – and your family – safe this summer.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

First Aid

Are bee stings more of a threat than snake bites during summer?

Dr Vernon Wessels, an ER24 Global Assist emergency doctor who has treated many animal and insect bites says the most common summer problems are not what you think.

Cold exposure
First Aid

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

Babies (up to 1 year)

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.

LOAD MORE ARTICLES