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New clinical pathway - Acute Rheumatic Fever

November 24, 2020

The Suspected Acute Rheumatic Fever Clinical Pathway was developed to assist clinicians recognise and manage suspected Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) in adult and paediatric patients presenting to the Emergency Department. This has been endorsed by the Queensland Emergency Department Strategic Advisory Panel (QEDSAP) and Statewide Cardiac Clinical Network (SCCN)

The pathway was developed as a deliverable to support implementation of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Rheumatic Heart Disease Action Plan 2018-2021. The Action Plan is coordinated by the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service with support from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Division.

The pathway embeds current evidence and best practice aligned with the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of ARF and rheumatic heart disease (3rd ed). The pathway does not replace clinical judgement and has been developed to be used in conjunction with other observation and diagnostic tools/pathways.

Please find attached this document available for statewide use.

The development of this pathway was led by the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Rheumatic Heart Disease Action Plan 2018-2021 implementation workgroup in consultation and collaboration with stakeholders including clinician representatives of metropolitan and regional Queensland, the Queensland RHD Register and Control Program, QEDSAP, Statewide Cardiac Clinical Network and Clinical Excellence Queensland.

The pathway will be available to commence use from Monday 19th October 2020 and is available for purchase through the Winc catalogue (SW1046).

For further information regarding the clinical pathway for suspected Acute Rheumatic Fever, please contact Clinical_Pathways_Program@health.qld.gov.au