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Sickle Cell Anemia: In a Nutshell (Pediatric Nursing)

by Paula Ruedebusch

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    00:01 So in a nutshell, sickle cell anemia - this is where the blood cells are shaped like sickles.

    00:06 They have difficulty flowing through the blood vessels.

    00:09 This is a genetic autosomal recessive disorder.

    00:13 It's common in patients from African, Caribbean, Meditteranean and South American regions, and some patients will never experience a sickle cell crisis.

    00:24 There are triggers that can trigger the crisis, including overexhaustion, dehydration, infections including viral and bacterial.

    00:34 Poor oxygenation, is going to result in damage to the vital organs and this can also lead to death.

    00:40 Signs and symptoms include difficulty breathing, anxiety, chest and abdominal pain, and pain to the arms and legs.

    00:48 We treat sickle cell crises by providing pain management, increasing fluids providing supplememtal oxygen, monitoring your vital signs and oxygen saturations, and prophylactic and treatment antibiotics.

    01:01 Thank you for listening on this lecture on sickle cell anemia.


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    The lecture Sickle Cell Anemia: In a Nutshell (Pediatric Nursing) by Paula Ruedebusch is from the course Blood Disorders – Pediatric Nursing.


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    1. African American
    2. Caribbean
    3. Mediterranean
    4. South America
    5. Northern Europe

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     Paula Ruedebusch

    Paula Ruedebusch


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