Chris Evert Children's Hospital
Pediatric Sickle Cell Day Treatment and Wellness Center

Pediatric Sickle Cell Day Treatment and Wellness Center

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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.

Test TubesAt the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, we focus on providing management of acute and chronic pain for newborns to adolescents who suffer from sickle cell anemia. Not only are we able to help families with the necessary education and maintenance with sickle cell anemia, but we also provide a variety of treatments that include IV pain medication, IV hydration, transfusions and the latest in pain therapy.

The Sickle Cell Day Treatment and Wellness Center provides all day medical treatment in a clinical outpatient setting. Our family-centered approach is aimed at comforting patients and their families and avoiding hospitalization. Children who do require ongoing care can be admitted to the hospital by a pediatric oncologist and pediatric nurses help the patient through their urgent situation.

We are currently in an ongoing compliance clinical trial with Exjade, a medication found effective in treating iron overload from blood transfusions in children and young adults ages five through 20 with sickle cell anemia. Exjade binds to iron and removes it from the blood stream. These formulated tablets are dispersed in a drink, allowing a convenient administration for our pediatric patients.

Our clinical trial team provides healthcare information, check-ups and interventions for the children and young adults in our community.  Our sickle cell specialty nurses are available to help patients stay informed and prevent pain before it becomes a problem. To speak to our nurse or for more information on sickle cell anemia, please call The Sickle Cell Day Treatment and Wellness Center at 954-712-2994.

What You Should Do...
Before pain becomes a problem, you can call the sickle cell nurse or speak to a physician who is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week or for more information on the Sickle Cell Day Treatment and Wellness Center, call 954-712-2994.

Day Hospital Hours
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, (excluding holidays)
Arrive for treatment before 2 p.m.