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Outcome of adults with sickle cell disease admitted to critical care – experience of a single institution in the UK

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source: British Journal of Haematology

year: 2010

authors: Gardner K, Bell C, Bartram JL, Allman M, Awogbade M, Rees DC, Ervine M, Thein SL


Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients are perceived to have a high mortality when admitted to the Critical Care Unit (CCU). We performed a retrospective analysis of all adult sickle admissions to CCU at a single centre over an 8-year period (1 January 2000 to 31 December 2007). Thirty-eight patients (14 male) were admitted 46 times to CCU; the commonest reasons for admission were acute chest syndrome (14, 30%), multi-organ failure (8, 17%) and planned post-elective surgery (7, 15%). CCU mortality for SCD patients was 19.6%, comparable to a CCU-wide mortality of 17.6% during the study period in the same institution. Re-admission to CCU was high (16% over the 8-year period) but did not increase mortality risk.

organization: King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.2010.08271.x

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