Sickle Cell Care
Broward Health’s Sickle Cell Day Unit is designed for adults to manage pain and improve quality of life. The program includes specialized, medical monitoring, intervention and counseling services.
The Sickle Cell Day Unit opened its doors to pediatric patients in 2008 to provide specialized care on an outpatient basis to minimize hospitalizations and provide improved quality of life for these children. In 2013, unit was renovated and embraced a new focus. The new unit focuses on care for our adult patients and specifically provides transitional care for the pediatric patient who turns 18 years old. Both the pediatric and adult medical care teams partnered to develop a unique transitional care program including a medical passport, tour of the unit and introduction to the adult care team. 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
- Psychological counseling as needed
- Patient support group
- Sickle cell education
- Timely appointments with staff hematologists
The Latest Technology
Broward Health is one of the few public healthcare systems in the nation to implement a Barcoded Medication Administration System (BCMA). This advanced BCMA records, tracks and ensures the correct medications are delivered in the prescribed dosage and time, to the right patient. With the use of a simple barcoded wristband, patients can see the system at work and are reassured by the added safety measure. BCMA enables caregivers to work more efficiently and demonstrates Broward Health's commitment to patient safety.
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Salah Foundation Children's Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center & Broward Health Coral Springs
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316