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Data Brief: Healthcare Utilization for Vaso-Occlusive Episodes by People with Sickle Cell Disease in California and Georgia, 2015

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source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

year: 2020


Many people with sickle cell disease (SCD) had a hospitalization or an emergency department (ED) visit with a vaso-occlusive episode (VOE), or pain crisis, diagnosis code.

People with SCD:
• Go to the hospital more than once a year, with an average stay of 5 days per hospitalization.
• Go to the ED an average of 2–3 times a year.
• Go to the ED and hospital most commonly for VOEs.

More than 4 in 10 (41%) ED visits and more than 7 in 10 (73%) hospital admissions for people with SCD in California had a VOE diagnosis code.

Nearly 1 in 2 (48%) ED visits and 3 in 4 (75%) hospital admissions for people with SCD in Georgia had a VOE diagnosis code.


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