General Approach to Treatment

Patients should be educated to recognize the signs and symptoms of complications that would require urgent evaluation. Patients and parents of children with SCD should be educated to read a thermometer properly and to seek immediate medical care when a fever develops or signs of infection occur. With acute illnesses, prompt evaluation is important as deterioration may occur rapidly. Fluid status should be monitored to avoid dehydration or overhydration, both of which may worsen complications of SCD. Patients in acute distress should main -tain oxygen saturation at 92% or at their baseline. Any supple-mental oxygen requirements should be evaluated.5,9

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