Joint Topic: Sickle Cell Old and New The ABC's of ACS (Acute Chest Syndrome) in Sickle Cell Disease (202-1)

3:30 – 4:30 pm Thursday, October 28

Acute chest syndrome (ACS) is the second leading cause of hospitalization in children with sickle cell disease and is second only to admissions for vaso-occlusive crisis. ACS is also the most common cause of death in this patient population.

It is imperative for caregivers, patients, and family members alike to understand the warning signs, prevention measures, and treatment guidelines for ACS. There are both newer pharmacologic and tried-and-true bedside interventions that can decrease hospital length of stay and improve patient outcomes, when prioritized as aspects of the patient plan of care. The pathogenesis of ACS and management strategies for caring for the pediatric sickle cell patient with ACS will be discussed during this session.

Robin Pitts, MN BSN C-FNP CPHON®


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