September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September 14, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease, an inherited blood disorder, primarily affects those of African and Hispanic descent, making this disease an issue of diversity and health equity. Symptoms vary, but can include: pain crisis, anemia, infection, acute chest syndrome, vision loss and more, with patients most often seeking care in the emergency department. Unfortunately, many patients report poor quality of care in this environment. If you are an emergency care provider, here are some tips to help you treat this disease more effectively.

For more information or resources regarding Sickle Cell Disease, contact Mary Hulihan at ibx5@cdc.gov .


Chelsea Kidd-Edie

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