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Rheumatology

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

Triage category Examples
(not all inclusive)
Process Facilitators
Emergent
  • Suspected septic arthritis
  • Aggressive connective tissue disease or systemic vasculitis
PHONE 902-473-2220 "Rheumatologist on call"
OR FAX referral marked URGENT
  • CBC/ESR/CRP
  • urea
  • electrolytes
  • creatinine
  • uric acid
  • urinalysis
Urgent
  • Acute monoarthritis (non-septic)
  • Polyarthritis with functional impairment
  • Connective tissue diseases which is active, but not life threatening
Fax or mail referral
  • CBC/ESR/CRP
  • urea
  • electrolytes
  • creatinine
  • uric acid
  • urinalysis
  • rheumatoid factor
  • ANA
  • x-ray hands and feet
Semi-Urgent
  • Patients new to province with previously diagnosed Inflammatory Arthritis or stable Connective Tissue Disease
Fax or mail referral
  • CBC/ESR/CRP
  • x-ray symptomatic joints
Non-Urgent
  • Chronic generalized and regional pain syndromes involving the musculoskeletal system
Fax or mail referral
  • CBC/ESR/CRP

 

Contact information

  Rheumatology Clinic
Phone 902-473-4161
Fax 902-473-5911
Mailing address Rheumatology Clinic
2nd Floor, NSRC
1341 Summer Street
Halifax, NS B3H 4K4
Rheumatologists View list of physicians

 

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