Sickle Cell Disease and Care Considerations for the Acute and Critically Ill

Author(s): Dianna Copley, Catherine Skowronsky

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Hematology/Oncology, Pain Management

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This comprehensive review provides a foundation to prepare you to assess, identify treatments for and prevent further complications in acute and critically ill patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). We review mild-to-moderate complications such as acute pain crisis which are treated in an acute care unit, as well as more severe complications related to emboli that often require intensive care. Barriers to access to care and the importance of nursing advocacy are discussed.


  • Review pathophysiology, assessment and pharmacotherapy pertinent to sickle cell disease.
  • Research evidence-based guidelines, including health maintenance and managing acute and chronic complications.
  • Identify the healthcare disparities those living with SCD may experience.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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