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Risk Management Pitfalls In Pediatric Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

 

  1. “The patient says she is in pain, but her heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure are normal. Is she malingering?”
    Patients with SCD who state that they are in pain need to be treated compassionately and with urgency to alleviate their pain. The majority of patients with VOC have normal vital signs even when severe pain is reported.
     
  2. “This SCD patient complaining of right knee pain must be having a VOC episode even though it is not his usual site for VOC pain.”
    Although patients with SCD experience VOC more commonly than other complications, there is a broad differential to consider. Extremity pain can be due to many reasons, including fracture, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, or sports injuries.

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