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Tracking the sterility journey

At Mediclinic, we put our patients first from day one – new Mediclinic hospitals are designed with infection prevention and control in mind, long before construction begins. Amy Blaine, Architectural

Healthy Life

What is antimicrobial stewardship?

Mediclinic takes a direct, team-led approach to fight the spread of drug-resistant organisms. This programme is known as antimicrobial stewardship. Andriette van Jaarsveld, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: Mediclinic SA. In the

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Wash these diseases away

Make sure your hand hygiene is up to scratch to prevent the spread of germs (like bacteria and viruses) that cause illness. Christine Smedley, Infection Prevention and Control Co-ordinator: Mediclinic

Cancer

HPV vaccination: Your second best defence

HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. Over 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of high-risk types of HPV. We chat to two Mediclinic experts about who should be vaccinated, when and why.

Cancer

The HPV vaccination process

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a viral infection that can cause cervical cancer. Although sexually transmitted, penetrative sex is not required – the virus can also be transmitted through skin-to-skin genital contact.

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 jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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You may not see the symptoms of glaucoma

Generally undiagnosed in its early stages, glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. Because symptoms usually only appear once some damage has already been done, it can result in vision loss and, in severe cases, blindness. Yet once it’s diagnosed it can be treated, preventing further damage.

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Glaucoma demystified [infographic]

Potentially resulting in blindness, glaucoma can’t be cured but it can be controlled. We look at how glaucoma affects your eyes and uncover some interesting facts about the condition.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #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
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
Healthy Life

When a cough becomes a medical emergency

A lingering cough is perhaps one of the most common human ailments. There seems to be no escaping some form of “hack”, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

Babies (up to 1 year)

5 Ways to prepare your child for a sibling

Encourage healthy bonds and ease the transition from only child to older child with these intelligent ideas.

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5 Healthy habits to pick up right now

Be realistic in 2019. Usher in the new year with attainable health resolutions that will have a major impact on your general wellbeing. Mediclinic experts weigh in.

Gastroenterology

3 Surprising ways you harmed your liver this summer

It’s not just excessive alcohol that can damage this vital organ. Lack of exercise, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and a poor diet can put you at risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Exercise

7 Simple ways to incorporate exercise into your day [infographic]

What are the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle? We take a look at some non-threatening ways that an inactive individual can start becoming active, as well as how much exercise is safe to aim for.

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What does a balanced diet look like on your plate? [infographic]

What is a balanced diet? And how much of each food group should make up a healthy meal? We take a look at these topics as well as the benefits of the different components that make up a balanced diet.

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.

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.

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Did you know sunstroke can lead to a coma?

Sunstroke (also known as heatstroke) isn’t just another name for a bad sunburn. In fact, it has very little to do with sunburn at all.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Can preterm births be prevented?

Pregnancy can take a scary turn when preterm birth becomes a possibility. Three Mediclinic experts weigh in.

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The battle against antibiotic resistance

The widespread – and, in some cases, unnecessary – use of antibiotics is leading to dangerous levels of antibiotic resistance. How does that happen, and is there anything you can do to prevent it?

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