This e-learning resource has been designed to improve and promote better care from nurses looking after adults with sickle cell disease. The aim is to deliver information to enable nurses best manage painful episodes of sickle attacks present to hospital.
Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic passed down blood disease in the UK. The abnormality in the oxygen carrying protein haemoglobin structure located in the red blood cells, causing acute painful episodes known as sickle cell crisis or vaso-occlusive crisis. This is due to a blockage in the blood vessels. This is a long-term condition that impact on morbidity and mortality.
(World Health Organisation, 2011)