Delivering Integrated Care Management
The IHTC pharmacy and healthcare professionals interact on a daily basis at our center to maximize coordination and quality of care. Our pharmacists and physicians are on call and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The IHTC pharmacy and healthcare professionals effectively coordinate ongoing care by proactively communicating with our patients to manage clotting factor needs, therapy compliance, and bleeding episodes.
Sickle Cell Emergencies
Patients with sickle cell disease are taught to look for symptoms that could indicate an underlying emergency condition. The presence of any symptoms requires immediate evaluation by a medical provider. These include a fever greater than 100°F, chest pain, cough, or shortness of breath. Acute onset of anemia can cause weakness, shortness of breath, or dizziness. Abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting may indicate an emergency involving the spleen. Respiratory infection with a productive cough, symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or unusually severe headaches should all be evaluated by a health care provider.
Children may not be able to express these symptoms as clearly. Therefore, it is extremely important that children with fever greater than 100°F be evaluated by a medical provider, either in the clinic, or in the emergency room. Other signs of a possible complication are chills, lethargy (excessive tiredness, or “droopy”), irritability, poor feeding, or vomiting. These signs also warrant further evaluation by a medical provider.