Seize the Day: Improving Care for Sickle Cell Disease in the Emergency Department and Beyond

As individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD) transition from pediatric to adult care and enter their 20’s and 30’s, they often begin to rely on emergency department (ED) care more often. One reason is that care becomes fragmented as this population gets older. Additionally, the disease process frequently becomes more severe with damage to the body’s organs over their life span. Sickle Cell Disease affects millions globally and approximately 100,000 people in the United States, often with anemia, infections and others known complications. Pain crises are the number one reason [...]

Improving Care for Sickle Cell Disease in the Emergency Department and Beyond

PLEASE NOTE: You must be REGISTERED to view this On-Demand Learning Session Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a multi-system, progressive disorder that affects approximately 100,000 Americans, primarily of African and Hispanic descent. Patients with SCD often require care in emergency departments (EDs) for a myriad of potentially life-threatening conditions. Most commonly seek treatment for pain due to vaso-occlusive episodes. Many patients with SCD, especially adults, do not have outpatient providers to guide treatment for their disease, which in turn increases their reliance on the ED. Improving the care of [...]

Sickle Cell Disease – Achieving Success Through Synergy

PLEASE NOTE: You must be REGISTERED to view this On-Demand Learning Session Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited hematological disorder that affects the hemoglobin content of red blood cells. In the United States, sickle cell disease occurs in approximately one in 350 live births. In Shelby County, Tennessee this rate has been found to be significantly higher at one in 287 live births. Pain is one of the main symptoms of sickle cell disease. Acute painful sickle cell episodes occur unpredictably, often without clear precipitating factors. Pain can [...]

How Much of an Emergency is Pain in Sickle Cell Disease?

PLEASE NOTE: You must be REGISTERED to view this On-Demand Learning Session A Memphis hematologist shares information about Sickle Cell Disease, its epidemiology, pathophysiology and survival trends. Dr. Jane Hankins also discusses the clinical presentation of vaso-occlusive pain or crisis as well as the treatment of pain for individuals living with sickle cell disease. Dr. Hankins has been in practice for more than 20 years and is an associate member in the Department of Hematology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Medical Director at Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive [...]

Sickle Cell Disease – Look Behind the Pain

PLEASE NOTE: You must be REGISTERED to view this On-Demand Learning Session In this video presentation Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves, hematologist and Medical Director of the Diggs- Kraus Sickle Cell Center, discusses known complications that may contribute to acute pain in sickle cell disease. Dr. Adams-Graves’ shares a central message that while the sickle cell patient may present to the emergency department (ED) with what appears to be uncomplicated pain, it is critically important to look behind the pain. She also touches on the disease in order of severity, its [...]

Streamlining Care for Sickle Cell Pain in the Adult Emergency Department

PLEASE NOTE: You must be REGISTERED to view this On-Demand Learning Session This video features Dr. Patricia Kavanagh, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center addressing acute pain management in Sickle Cell patients who present to the emergency department (ED). Dr. Kavanagh has successfully championed quality improvement initiatives in both pediatric and adult emergency care settings. Nationally, she Co-Founded and Chaired the Taskforce for Emergency Department Sickle Cell Care Collaborative and serves on the Oversight Steering Committee of HRSA’s Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program [...]

Pain and Sickle Cell Disease: Treatment and Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE: You must be REGISTERED to view this On-Demand Learning Session This video features Dr. Jane Hankins, Medical Director of the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, addressing acute pain management in Sickle Cell patients who present to the emergency department (ED). Dr. Hankins is a widely published hematologist-oncologist dedicated to delivering innovative, comprehensive care and developing new treatments through on-site research. She is nationally renowned for her expertise in transitioning SCD pediatric populations to adult settings and is the Principal Investigator of a long-term lifetime cohort study [...]