Evaluation and Treatment of Sickle Cell Pain in the Emergency Department: Paths to a Better Future

Clin Pediatr Emerg Med. 2010 Dec 1;11(4):265-273. doi: 10.1016/j.cpem.2010.09.002.


Pain is the hallmark of sickle cell disease in children and adolescents. Many children seek relief from their pain in the emergency department. These visits have historically been characterized by undertreatment, bias and distrust. Through compassionate care, aggressive pain management, and the development of clinical pathways or care guidelines, better analgesia and a better experience can be assured for the child with sickle cell disease in need of emergency care.