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How to improve sickle cell care in emergency medicine: A case review


In this interview, Dr. Bernard Lopez from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will be walking through an updated approach to emergency medical care for patients with sickle cell disease, with a representative case review.

Sickle cell disease is probably not a very common condition that your typical emergency physician will encounter.  It is not very common so for that reason emergency physicians are likely to not be very familiar with them, so there is that stigma of a sickle cell patient being that rare disease kind of person.  Additionally, for those that are familiar with sickle cell patients, there is really the drug-seeking stigma, that perhaps that patient really does not have pain, or their pain is not that severe but there is that perception that they are presenting simply because they are seeking analgesics, which is typically going to be an opioid.