Sickle Cell Disease for the Correctional Nurse

2.0 Continuing Education Hours

Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic condition in which the protein that carries oxygen in the blood is misshapen. The result of this sickle-shaped hemoglobin is less oxygen to parts of the body, red blood cells getting “stuck” and occluding certain vascular areas, and red blood cells that die earlier than their normal counterparts.

In this class, the pathophysiology of Sickle Cell Disease will be reviewed. Complications from this disease will be discussed, including common treatments. Finally, education for the patient with Sickle Cell Disease will be reviewed.