Do you use the emergency department for care of sickle cell disease? What to know before you go
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Do you use the emergency department for care of sickle cell disease? What to know before you go

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      Children and adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) often require care in the emergency department (ED) of hospitals or clinics for health issues related to SCD. The ED may be your only option for health care when symptoms, such as pain crises, cannot be managed at home or when you do not have access to a healthcare provider who specializes in treating SCD. The Sickle Cell Data Collection (SCDC) program found that in California, people with SCD seek care in the ED an average of three times a year from their late teens to their late 50s. Excruciating pain, known as a sickle cell crisis, is the most common reason for these ED visits. CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is committed to protecting people and preventing complications of blood disorders. Learn more about CDC’s work to help people with SCD here: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell Publication date from document properties. Sickle_Cell_Patients.pdf
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