Addressing Acute Pain Management in Sickle Cell Patients Who Present to the Emergency Department


Through a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) special innovation project, atom Alliance has initiated a collaborative in the Memphis area to partner with hospitals, physicians and ED clinicians, patients, community organizations and other stakeholders to improve care for adults (age 18+) with Sickle cell disease (SCD).

Unpredictable bouts of pain frequently force individuals with SCD to seek treatment in hospital emergency departments (ED). If not treated appropriately or in a timely fashion, these individuals may end up needing to be hospitalized. The atom Alliance will

  • Identify barriers and interventions to effective and timely pain management
  • Offer patient education through learning and action networks (LANs)
  • Offer ED staff educational LANs led by local and national SCD experts addressing SCD clinical overview and episodic variation, care plan tools, resources and appropriate treatment, evidence-based care and sample ED protocols and enhanced patient/provider communication via web-based tools
  • Share best practices

Our goals are to:

  • Reduce hospital ED visits
  • Decrease hospital admissions
  • Increase the use of patient care plan web tool
  • Increase patient satisfaction

Evidence-Based Management of Sickle Cell Disease: Expert Panel Report

Contact Frances Richardson, Sickle Cell Project Lead, at frances.richardson@area-G.hcqis.org for more information.


On-Demand Webinars

Streamlining Care for Sickle Cell Pain in the Adult Emergency Department

Pain and Sickle Cell Disease: Treatment and Guidelines

Sickle Cell Disease – Look Behind the Pain – Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves

Sickle Cell Disease Pain Management: How Much of an Emergency is Pain in Sickle Cell Disease? – Dr. Jane Hankins

Achieving Success Through Synergy -Aligning Patients and Providers to Improve Pain Management for Sickle Cell Disease – Frances Richardson, Dominique Friend and Dr. Sophie Lanzkron

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