Sick Cell Anemia and Vaso-occlusive Crisis

by Cathy Parkes February 21, 2022 Updated: February 16, 2024

A child with Sickle Cell Anemia experiencing vaso-occlusive crisis should be treated with scheduled opioid analgesia (non-opioid analgesia will not be sufficient!).

A child with Sickle Cell Anemia experiencing vaso-occlusive crisis should be treated with scheduled opioid analgesia (non-opioid analgesia will not be sufficient!).

Increase fluid intake, encourage rest, and avoid cold-therapy as this may worsen the crisis with further vasoconstriction!


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