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Emergency

Arm-to-arm: Where blood goes after it’s donated and who it saves

Were it not for blood donors, life-saving medical treatment for trauma victims, complicated surgical procedures and cancer treatments would not be possible.

Healthy Life

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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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. 

Conditions

Disc regenerative therapy for lower back pain

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most prevalent causes of lower back pain. In short, this condition presents with pain and a general weakness or numbness in the area, which stems from a degenerated spinal disc – and although it may be related to the ageing process, it can affect anyone at any stage of life. We speak to a spinal expert on treatment options.

Cardiology

What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

Dealing with the fallout of heart disease and wondering what your surgery options are? In minimally invasive heart surgery, surgeons perform surgery through smaller incisions in your breastbone or chest, as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Dr Leonard du Preez, a cardiothoracic surgeon practising at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what this surgery option entails.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Patient safety is fundamental to Mediclinic’s promise

Patient safety is one of Mediclinic’s core values, but what does it mean for you as a patient?

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‘Brain surgery completely cured my epilepsy’

In South Africa, epilepsy affects an estimated one out of every 100 people (Department of Health 2017 Fact Sheet citing WHO*). Neither genetic nor contagious, epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by unusual electrical activity in the brain, resulting in seizures.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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Conditions

Breaking down breast cancer

Breast cancer sufferers are avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy through transcriptional profiling that examines the genetic make-up of their cancer.

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Causes of lymphoedema related to cancer and how it’s treated

Lymphoedema is an incurable but manageable condition that causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. It develops when the lymphatic system – the network of channels and glands in the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid – is disrupted.

Healthy Life

How does a stroke affect the brain?

Cases of ischemic strokes are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in people over the age of fifty. Here’s what you need to know.

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Speech therapy after a stroke

After a stroke, it’s very common to experience communication problems. Known as aphasia, the condition can affect the ability to speak, read and write. A Mediclinic audiologist and speech therapist explains how it is treated.

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Prostate cancer: early diagnosis is essential

June is Men’s Health Month. We asked a Mediclinic urologist how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.

Conditions

Asthma: when it’s hard to breathe

With the medication available today, asthma is easily treated and you can lead a completely normal life. But asthma isn’t always diagnosed correctly.

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Your personal risk for pulmonary embolism

Though it doesn’t sound like a run-of-the-mill condition, pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases across the globe.

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New local discovery to prevent cardiac arrest in athletes

The recent discovery of the CDH2 gene that causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people and competitive athletes means a disease that was previously difficult to diagnose, often manifesting in sudden death, can now be screened for.

Conditions

World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

We look at the world-class treatment options available in South Africa for thyroid eye disease.

gynaecology

How fertility treatments have evolved

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

Cycle Tour

Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

As the official medical service provider for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops answers questions about the questionnaire and explains what the information is used for.

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