Sickle cell crisis: step-by-step advice on spotting the signs and how to respond
Lack of knowledge of the blood disorder is common among healthcare professionals. Find out how to help your patients
- Without appropriate treatment, a sickle cell crisis can lead to organ damage or death
- C ommon problems for people in sickle cell crisis include delays in receiving pain relief, insufficient or excessive doses, inappropriate analgesia and stigmatising the patient as drug seeking
- Expert nurse advice on establishing trust, plus advice on signs of a sickle cell episode
Sickle cell disease, a group of disorders that alter the haemoglobin in red blood cells, affects an estimated 15,000 people in the UK, according to the Sickle Cell Society.
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