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Emergency

What does triage mean?

‘Triage is a clinically proven method of categorising medical cases by how serious they are,’ says Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

Emergency

24 hours in the emergency centre

A day in the life of Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

Healthy Life

Why am I tired all the time?

If you’ve felt exhausted for longer than six months – and your doctor has ruled out any other causes – you might be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Healthy Life

IBS versus GORD

Tummy complaints are common. But how do you know if it’s IBS, GORD or both?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Chronic kidney disease: Are you at risk?

Our kidneys are great at getting rid of the junk we eat. If you’re not helping them, they could turn into a ticking time bomb.

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From paralysed to completing the Dakar Rally

Joey Evans had a dream: to complete the infamous Dakar Rally on a motorbike. And nothing – not even an accident that left him paralysed from the chest down – would stop him from making it a reality.

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 use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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Healthy Life

Hand washing: what’s the fuss?

Studies have shown that proper hand washing can prevent one in three diarrheal-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. While it’s never nice to get sick, in rare cases, complications from infectious diseases can also make one severely ill or result in hospitalisation.

Healthy Life

Asthma: activities that increase your child’s risk for asthma attacks

Asthma is the third leading cause of the hospitalisation of children in South Africa, today. But many children who are affected lead a completely normal life, provided their asthma is correctly diagnosed, treated and controlled.

Babies

Why autistic girls are often undiagnosed

Ongoing research suggests that girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to camouflage their symptoms than boys. This means they are not being accurately diagnosed – and are not getting the help they need.

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Anaesthetics: what to expect

It’s normal to be afraid to go under anaesthetics during a surgery, even though the risk of something unusual happening is relatively low. We answer some frequently asked questions about anaesthetics.

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‘The right psychiatric medication gave me a life worth living’

Married father of three Julian Turner always struggled with depression. As life’s pressures got the better of him, he resorted to extreme measures to deal with the pain. Then, after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder – and receiving treatment – his attitude to the world changed.

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Healthy living

What happens to your body when you cycle over 100km?

Ready for #40take2 of the Cape Town cycle tour? Here we outline what to expect to happen to your body during the race.

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Top cyclists receive first-class care at Mediclinic Nelspruit

Abrasions, fractures, even broken vertebrae – when these top cyclists took a tumble while training in Mpumalanga, their injuries were severe enough to put their careers at risk. Fortunately, after quick and effective care at Mediclinic Nelspruit, they’re on the road to recovery. 

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Conditions

Don’t underestimate a concussion

Whether it’s the result of a blow to the head, bad fall or hard tackle, a concussion is an invisible injury. But if the sufferer isn’t given time to recover, they could experience long-term consequences.

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Babies

Sleep and your baby

As soon as a new mother brings her baby home, she is inundated with well-meaning advice on what to do and what not to do to instill good sleeping habits. At the end of the day, as long as your baby is sleeping well – and sleeping safely – the details on whether you rock baby to sleep or which brand of baby carrier you use become less significant.

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Children up to 12

Is it growing pains, or something more sinister?

Paediatric pain could indicate that your child has a medical condition, but how can you tell growing pains from chronic or episodic pain arising from a medical condition?

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