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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Resouces

E-learning Modules - Administering Bicillin: reducing pain and distress

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This program is designed for health care workers who care for people with rheumatic heart disease, and especially those who deliver benzathine benzylpenicillin injections. More information is available in the secondary prophylaxis chapter in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, 3rd edition.

The learning objectives are to:

  • Define the cause of acute rheumatic fever (ARF)
  • Define rheumatic heart disease (RHD)
  • Define secondary prophylaxis (SP)
  • Identify risk of ARF and RHD in the Australian context
  • Outline basic RHD pathophysiology
  • Identify evidence-based methods to prevent ARF and RHD
  • Describe the concept of days at risk
  • Describe best practice delivery of intra muscular benzathine benzylpenicillin for secondary prophylaxis
  • Identify strategies available to minimise pain and stress for the person receiving SP injections.
This program is designed for health care workers who care for people with rheumatic heart disease, and especially those who deliver benzathine benzylpenicillin injections. More information is available in the secondary prophylaxis chapter in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, 3rd edition.
Developed by 
Qld Health, RHDAustralia
Year of publication 
2015