The utility of screening laboratory studies in pediatric patients with sickle cell pain episodes.

@article{Chapman2004TheUO,
  title={The utility of screening laboratory studies in pediatric patients with sickle cell pain episodes.},
  author={Jennifer I. Chapman and Emile N El-Shammaa and Bema K. Bonsu},
  journal={The American journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={22 4},
  pages={258-63}
}
The purpose of this study was to determine whether blood counts discriminate between sickle cell pain episodes that lead to successful discharge from the emergency department (ED) and those that result in complications. This retrospective review compared the hemoglobin, reticulocyte count, and white blood cell count with differential during complicated and uncomplicated ED visits. Complicated visits were pain episodes followed by admission, by readmission within 48 hours, by acute chest… CONTINUE READING