Emergency

An emergency can range from your child getting burnt at home to a car accident. Learn all about what to do in an emergency situation and the vital steps you need to take.

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Emergency

Emergency 101

There are many conditions that aren’t serious but can also be considered emergencies. You should visit an emergency centre if a medical or surgical condition exits that will deteriorate if it’s not treated. Here are some to take note of.

Children up to 12

Handling a poison emergency

With little hands constantly exploring and open mouths at the ready, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what toddlers and kids are ingesting. Here’s what to do in a poison emergency.

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In safe hands: how the triage process works

The triage process starts with a question to the patient or their parent/carer: ‘What is the reason for you coming to the Emergency Centre?’ This is followed by gathering info about the patient’s medical and travel history, as these can often influence or lead to the problem presented.

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In safe hands: explaining triage

The triage process in Mediclinic Emergency Centres speeds up the delivery of time-critical treatment for patients with life-threatening conditions, as it ensures the sickest patients are seen first. It also helps improve patient flow and reduces waiting times. Here’s how it works.

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How to: describe your pain

Since we all experience pain totally differently, it’s extremely difficult to explain what hurts – and how badly – to anyone. We’ve put together a rough guide to explaining your pain to a doctor in the shortest, most effective way possible…

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Don’t push through the pain

Feeling a slight injury niggle? Reckon you can simply ’push through the pain’? Whether you’re a runner or a rugby player, you’re about to make a huge mistake, warns Dr Dirk Nell, orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt.

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SOS – part two: identifying emergencies

Dr Brian Gutuza, the head of the emergency centre at Mediclinic Cape Town tells us how to spot a potentially dangerous situation.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • 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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
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SOS – part one: dealing with emergencies

Did you know? If you’ve burnt your hand on the stove, don’t sooth the burn with ice or frozen peas. The freezing is harmful to your skin.

Children up to 12

Burn treatment

If you’ve burnt your hand, here’s how to administer treatment and when to see your doctor.

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Emergency: call for help

It’s important you know how to call an ambulance and just as important your children know what an emergency is and who to call for help.

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Keep safe this holiday: tips from an emergency centre doctor

Here are some of the most common medical mishaps over the summer holidays and how to avoid them.

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Ambulances and emergencies

Learn more about how an ambulance and response team handle emergencies.

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Pedal to the medal

The annual Cape Epic lives up to its name in more ways than one, particularly when you consider the multifaceted logistical planning that lies behind the event.

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Mediclinic Events team kept busy at MTB events

The Mediclinic Events team of 3 doctors and 4 nurses were kept busy over the last 4 days of serious mountain bike racing at Boschendal and environs.

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What to do in an emergency

What you should know about emergencies to make sure you’re prepared for a visit to the emergency centre.

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Emergency centres – what you need to know

It’s normal to panic during an emergency but here’s what you need to know about emergency centres. Kareema Baard, patient administration manager at Mediclinic Vergelegen explains.

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What to do in a medical emergency

Hennie Madeley, Pretoria branch manager of ER24, explains what to do in a medical emergency.

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