Sickle Cell Day Unit

Sickle Cell Day Unit

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Take the Sickle Cell Disease Quiz

Red blood cells are usually doughnut-shaped. In a person with sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells are shaped like a C--like a sickle. Find out more about this disease by taking the following quiz.

1. People with sickle cell anemia are born with it.
2. Sickle-shaped red blood cells don't move easily through blood vessels.
3. Sickle beta-plus thalassemia is another form of sickle cell disease.
4. Normal red blood cells last about 120 days, but red blood cells affected by sickle cell disease last only 60 days.
5. Sickle cell disease is found worldwide. In the United States, it primarily affects African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans.
6. A "sickle cell crisis" means a sudden onset of pain throughout the body.
7. To help prevent a sickle cell crisis, make sure you drink plenty of fluids each day.
8. One complication of sickle cell disease is a damaged spleen.
9. A blood transfusion can cure sickle cell anemia.

Broward Health’s Sickle Cell Day Unit is designed for adults to manage pain and improve quality of life. The program includes specialized case management, a nutrition center, medical monitoring, intervention and counseling services.

The Sickle Cell Day Unit opened its doors to pediatric patients in 2008 to provide continuity of care. In 2013 the new unit focuses on care for our adult patients. Care is provided in a calm and comfortable state-of-the-art environment with the latest therapies. A specialized team of experienced phlebotomists, compassionate nurses, nurse practitioners and board certified hematologists are ready to support you. The emphasis is on treating the patient and preventing the effects of disease, in addition to managing pain in an outpatient setting. (Ancillary services such as nutrition, counseling, social services and stem cell transplant liaison available as needed).

After a patient is enrolled in the program, care is monitored and administered by a multi-disciplinary team of experts. The comprehensive services offered to patients through this program reduce emergency department visits, inpatient hospital stays and costs associated with treating the disease.

To expedite care and decrease the severity of a crisis, patients enrolled in the program will be able to bypass the emergency department and go directly to the day unit.

Additional services available through the Sickle Cell Day Unit include:

  • Lab work with markers for severity of sickle cell disease
  • Intravenous iron chelation therapy in select cases
  • Blood transfusions
  • Genetic counseling
  • Psychological counseling as needed
  • Social services on premises
  • Patient support group
  • Sickle cell education
  • Stem cell transplant liaison for select cases
  • Timely appointments with staff hematologists

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

For more information, please call 954-712-6880.

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