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Sickle cell crisis: step-by-step advice on spotting the signs and how to respond

Lack of knowledge of the blood disorder is common. Find out how to help your patients

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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