New guidelines for Fiji and Solomon Islands apps – February 2019

In exciting news, the Fiji and Solomon Islands Guideline Host apps have just been updated with new content!

Eight new guidelines have been added to the Fiji app including two recently published guidelines: Fiji Guidelines for Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease Diagnosis, Management and Prevention and Fiji Guidelines for Sore Throat and Skin Disease.

These guidelines are particularly important as rheumatic heart disease (RHD) affects 1% of the total Fijian population and is a leading cause of premature death. RHD is a preventable disease caused by repeated cases of acute rheumatic fever which results from an autoimmune response to group A streptococcal (GAS) infection. Therefore good management of sore throats and skin infections (which are commonly caused by GAS) is an important component of primary RHD prevention.

Dr Sainimere Boladuadua, technical advisor to the Fiji RHD program, was eager to see these guidelines added to the app, saying that ‘having clinical guidelines on this app means that they’ll reach the users they’re meant for … which in turn helps to ensure improvements in standard treatment and management of ARF and RHD across the country.’

     

The Solomon Islands app has also just been updated and now includes the latest Essential Medicines List and 10 additional guidelines, such as the WHO Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children. This book is critical as it is the primary clinical guideline used in both inpatient and outpatient care of children in Solomon Islands’ hospitals.

     

For both countries, the addition of new guidelines across a variety of clinical topics means that these apps will be even more useful for health practitioners by giving them point of care access to the best treatment information for their patients.

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