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emergency

First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
June 19, 2017

When do you have to go to hospital?

Is that cough going to kill you, or can you wait a night? What do you do with a soaring temperature? No one wants to head out to hospital - especially in the cold. But, in some situations, staying home could be the most dangerous decision. Yes, you need a doctor if... ...you become numb for no reason A burning sensation and loss of sensitivity to your limbs is a call for emergency. A tingling sensation, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath and confusion could be symptoms of a stroke. Get medical help if your arms or legs become numb,…
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 5, 2016

Rip currents! Watch out!

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com Watch out for rip currents at the beach! Rip currents form when waves flow in towards the beach over shallow water or sandbanks, with the water forming a rip (or river) when it flows back into the sea. Here’s important information on how to spot a rip current, and what to do if you find yourself caught in one. (more…)
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
December 22, 2014

Snakebites: What to do

That slithering, scaly body is enough to give anyone the shivers! For most of us living in the cities, snakes aren't something we see often, but it's still possible to come across one of these reptiles, and when you do - you want to be ready.  South Africa is home to some of the most poisonous snakes. While snakebites aren’t as common as a road accidents, they can be fatal – so, knowing what to do if you’re bitten, could be the difference between life and death. What to do We’d like to say there’s a home-made treatment, but there…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
August 25, 2014

Quick! Get the first-aid kit!

Someone falls off their skateboard and comes home with a roastie, or you cut your hand while testing out your master-chef chopping moves in the kitchen – every home needs a well-stocked first-aid kit to deal with minor accidents, injuries and ailments. (more…)
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General knowledge
August 2, 2014

Can social media help us in emergency situations?

Social media has changed many aspects of how we live and interact with each other, but can it (or should it) change the way we behave in an emergency? A cell-phone or, better yet, a smartphone, is a powerful tool that can be used to save a life. Downloadable first-aid apps, being able to speed-dial an emergency line and even using a GPS to locate the nearest hospital or clinic are all things you can use in the case of a dire emergency. (more…)
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