Pain is the most common reason that patients with sickle cell disease visit the emergency department. Does your ED have a plan for assessing and addressing acute pain from sickle cell disease?
A recently published resource, “Sickle Cell Pain in the Emergency Department: A Guide to Improving Care,” provides strategies for effectively treating this pain in the ED. The guide, published by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, was developed through a five-year collaboration between 15 multidisciplinary health care provider teams, and included input from emergency physicians, pediatricians, sickle cell disease experts, and other related specialists. The guide includes patient assessment and treatment recommendations, as well as strategies for implementing and tracking these recommendations.