Mediclinic Family Magazine

Mediclinic Family magazine is Mediclinic’s dynamic quarterly magazine. It combines a mix of inspirational stories, medical breakthroughs and in-depth information on procedures and tests.

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Mediclinic Family #19 | Winter 2014

In this issue

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The scrum of his life

Joost van der Westhuizen’s performance in the number 9 jersey was legendary, but his battle against motor neuron disease made him a true hero. Here’s the story behind the condition.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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 uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • 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.
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