Treating Sickle Cell Disease in the Emergency Department

The Emergency Department Sickle Cell Disease Crisis and Beyond site is part of a grant to re-design the process of emergency management for patients with sickle cell disease. Duke University School of Nursing, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and others are working together to conduct a proactive risk assessment, develop and implement standardized processes and interventions, and more to improve the Emergency Department Sickle Cell Assessment of Needs and Strengths processes. Resources and more details are online at sickleemergency.duke.edu or on their research website: sickleaware.nursing.duke.edu. Hospital EDs in North Carolina are encouraged to learn about their pain management algorithm and a toolkit for providers who treat patients with sickle cell disease. They are planning a learning collaborative with EDs throughout the state and beyond on the first tWednesday of each month (with the exception of January and July) from 12 pm-1 pm beginning on Nov. 7. If you are interested, contact Emily Bonnabeau at 919-681-0230 or emily.bonnabeau@duke.edu.

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