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Sickle cell unit running 24/7 reduces readmissions, emergency visits

Key clinical point: A 24-hour, 7-day-a-week sickle cell observation unit with a multidisciplinary team significantly reduced per-patient health care utilization rates.

Major finding: Emergency department visits declined from 2.14 per patient per year to 0.47 (P less than .01).

Study details: Analysis of 242 patients who received care prior to sickle cell unit changes and 444 patients who received care after.

Disclosures: Dr. Rizk reported having no financial disclosures.


Rizk S et al. FSCDR 2019, Abstract JSCDH-D-19-00049.