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Sickle Cell Pain course for Nurses

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Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA, British Pain Society

This session describes the causes, presentation and management of pain in sickle cell disease.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of acute sickle cell crisis
  • Explain how multimodal analgesia is used in acute sickle cell crisis
  • Identify the side-effects of strong opioid analgesia in acute sickle cell crisis
  • Suggest strategies to minimize the potential risk of strong opioid side-effects
  • Explain how other common pain syndromes are managed in sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects the haemoglobin in red blood cells causing them to become ‘sickle-shaped'.

Instructors / Speakers
Paul Telfer,
Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Haematology, the Centre for Genomics and Child Health, Barts and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, and the Royal London Hospital

Paul is the clinical lead for haemoglobinopathies (including sickle cell disease) at Barts Health NHS Trust and the East London and Essex Clinical Haemoglobinopathy Network. He trained in medicine at Oxford University and in haematology at the Royal Free Hospital, University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He completed a doctorate of Medicine while working at The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine.

He has held his current consultant post since 1998, during which he has established a large service for children and adults with Sickle Cell Disease. He has developed oral-based protocols for control of acute sickle pain, and has designed and implemented clinical trials for systematic evaluation of pain management in sickle cell disease.

Paul has contributed to evidence-based acute pain guidelines in sickle cell disease, is co-author of Sickle Cell Disease in Clinical Practice (Springer, 2015).

Paul is a content author for the e-PAIN project.

Sickle Cell Pain course for Nurses
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Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Pain management, Pain Management and Palliative Care
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