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ED-based protocols speed care to sickle cell patients, reduce repeat ED visits, and discharge admitted patients earlier.
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PMID:  23544185     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Patients with sickle cell disease commonly experience episodes of extreme pain that prompt them to seek care in the ED. However, emergency providers sometimes mistake these patients as drug-seekers, delaying effective pain relief and often resulting in under-treatment that can prolong suffering and result in repeat visits. Experts recommend development of specialized sickle cell protocols that fast-track patients toward the care they need, and give patients some control over how much pain medication they need. Experts say ED-based sickle cell protocols can improve patient and provider satisfaction while also reducing repeat ED visits as well as length-of-stay when patients need to be admitted. New research suggests that ED use spikes as sickle patients reach adulthood. Experts say ED providers can play a role in helping these patients transition into effective primary care settings.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  ED management : the monthly update on emergency department management     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1044-9167     ISO Abbreviation:  ED Manag     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9425690     Medline TA:  ED Manag     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-40     Citation Subset:  H    
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