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 #23 | Winter 2015

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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?

  • 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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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