Caring for Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease in Your Emergency Department

It’s Not Too Late to Join the New Learning Collaborative

atom Alliance encourages you to participate in the Duke University School of Nursing’s new learning collaborative which will be held the 1st Wednesday of every month from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm EST (except for January 2nd and July 3rd, 2019).

The collaborative is bringing together clinical experts in providing emergency care to individuals with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and emergency department (ED) staff to facilitate clinical education and the sharing of best practices across the country.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a variety of ED staff and others to not only learn from some of the leading experts in this field but to also have the opportunity to discuss with them the latest evidence-based recommendations for improving care for patients in the ED. For more information or to register for the event please email Emily Bonnabeau at

Why should your ED participate?

  • Learn from at least two emergency medicine/sickle cell experts present on each call
  • Share tools and resources
  • Share evidence-based best practices
  • Understand how to collect data and use it for your individualized projects
  • Discover opportunities for QI in your ED

Who should participate?

  • ED Physicians
  • ED Nurses
  • ED NP’s and PA’s
  • In-patient nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Social workers
  • Educators
  • Pharmacists
  • Hematologists and sickle cell providers

Paula Tanabe, PhD, RN, FAEN, FAAN, will facilitate the collaborative.  She is an Associate Professor in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine at Duke University and the Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Nurse Specialist for Duke University Health System. Tanabe has funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)for this work and is currently a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health Expert Panel developing evidence-based guidelines for primary care and emergency department providers in the care of patients with sickle cell disease.

Through a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) special innovation project, atom Alliance is working with Dr. Tanabe and other subject matter experts to help hospitals, physicians and ED clinicians, patients, community organizations and other stakeholders to improve care for adults with SCD. Feel free to contact Frances Richardson, RN, BSN, CPHQSickle Cell Project Lead for more information at