CDC’s New Materials: Promoting Better Emergency Healthcare for Sickle Cell Disease

CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) works to protect people and prevent complications of blood disorders. As part of this mission, NCBDDD is sharing steps to improve care in emergency departments (ED) of hospitals and clinics for people with sickle cell disease (SCD).

Research has shown that adults from their late teens to late 50s who have SCD used the ED much more often than children and older adults with SCD. Once they go to the ED, patients often experience various barriers to care.

NCBDDD has released two fact sheets—one for those with SCD and another for emergency healthcare workers—to share information about ways to improve healthcare in the ED for patients with SCD.

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Fact sheet for SCD patients

Please share our fact sheets, blog, and other information about SCD with your networks to help increase knowledge about the healthcare barriers faced by many with this disease and help build the path to improvements. We will share messages about SCD on Twitter (@NCBDDD), Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest—we invite you to follow, engage, and re-post!



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