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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Rheumatic heart disease guideline phone app

Date posted: 1 August 2012

An app for iphone, android and ipad is now available to assist with improving clinical practice and reduce death and disability from acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) throughout Australia.

ARF is a significant cause of disease among Indigenous children, often leading to RHD, a chronic heart condition in which the heart valves are damaged, which can lead to heart failure, strokes and premature death.

The app is based on a new guideline; The Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edition).

Dale Thompson, Senior Manager of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia said the app is a significant source of easily accessible information for doctors, nurses, health workers and other clinicians working at the front line of primary health care. 'Most doctors and nurses in Australia are trained in places where rheumatic fever is rare, so when they come to rural and remote settings where these diseases are common, they need easy ways to find out about diagnosis and treatment'. 'The app makes that information easily accessible and should help ensure we deliver high quality care'. Mr Thompson said.

Source: The Chronicle


Last updated: 19 September 2012
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