Sickle cell acute painful episode

Sickle cell acute painful episode

The quality standard for sickle cell acute painful episode (a painful attack of sickle cell disease) is made up of 6 statements that describe high-quality care for people with painful sickle cell disease. These statements set out the quality of care you should receive.

1. People who go to hospital with a painful attack of sickle cell disease have their pain, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing rate and temperature checked, and are given the right amount of pain relief within 30 minutes of arriving.

2. People with a painful attack of sickle cell disease have their pain relief checked every 30 minutes until they are comfortable and then at least every 4 hours until they leave hospital or their episode has ended.

3. People with a painful attack of sickle cell disease who are taking strong painkillers (strong opioids) are checked for possible side effects every hour for the first 6 hours and then at least every 4 hours until they leave hospital or their episode has ended.

4. People with a painful attack of sickle cell disease who have any breathing problems, chest pain or fever are assessed for a serious lung condition called acute chest syndrome.

5. People with a painful attack of sickle cell disease are cared for by healthcare professionals who can follow locally agreed procedures for managing the condition and can get support from specialist centres if needed.

6. People with a painful attack of sickle cell disease are given information before they leave hospital on how to get specialist support, how to get extra medication and how to manage any side effects of the treatment.

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