Better Pain Management for Sickle Cell Patients

The Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) initiative consists of two programs— the Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Program and the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program. Both aim to improve screening and follow up for those who have tested positive for sickle cell disease and trait, and improve care across the lifespan for individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD).

Aggregate results from seven teams (known as "grantee sites") showed substantial progress in decreasing the time that patients with sickle cell disease must wait to have their pain assessed. Grantee sites achieved a 76 percent increase in the percentage of patients with sickle cell disease who had an initial pain assessment within 30 minutes. It is notable that these gains have been sustained for several consecutive months, suggesting that grantees have made sustainable change to their emergency department practices.

That means hundreds of more patients with sickle cell disease are receiving more timely care to relieve the excruciating pain associated with the disease.

Patients Receiving Initial Pain  Assessment w/in First 30 Mins at ED - Average for Seven Grantee Sites in WISCH Project


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