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Stay Warm but STAY SAFE first!

By | Clinic News

With winter here and many more cold days ahead take a moment to beware of the Silent Killer – Carbon Monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas resulting from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon fuels.

Here are a few tips that will help in keeping you safe:

  1. Use accredited professionals to install gas appliances and service them every 2 years to ensure that no gas can leak.
  2. Never tamper with air vents on gas heaters.
  3. Never use external gas heaters in enclosed areas.
  4. Install a CO alarm in the house.
  5. Learn how to recognise CO poisoning.

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are:

  • dull headache
  • weakness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • difficulty breathing

If you breathe in large amounts on CO, your body will begin to replace the oxygen in your blood with CO. When this occurs, you can become unconscious. Death may occur in these cases.

You should go to the hospital right away if you’ve been exposed to a source of CO, even if you don’t show symptoms of CO poisoning.


Travel Vaccinations

By | Clinic News

If you are travelling overseas it’s a good idea to think about travel vaccinations before you go.

Even if you have been to let’s say, Bali or Thailand many times before and never had vaccinations, it is still highly recommended. You may have been lucky the last time you went, but that does not mean to say you will be so lucky the next time. The last thing you want is a ruined holiday or worse, damaging your health for life.

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