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Sickle Cell Infusion Center (Carnegie 136)

The Sickle Cell Infusion Center (SCIC) provides multidisciplinary care to adult patients diagnosed with sickle cell disease. This outpatient urgent care setting primarily accommodates care of patients experiencing sickle cell crisis, along with determining outpatient or acute care follow-up needs. The SCIC clinical staff determines whether patients will be discharged home, transferred to the EACU/Main Adult ER for further treatment or directly admitted as medically indicated during the course of treatment. The interdisciplinary care team arranges for outpatient visits including hematology, anticoagulation clinic, chronic blood transfusion therapy, wound care services, social services, and psychological support. Patient education of sickle health maintenance remains a central focus.

Patient Population
  • Adults with sickle cell disease
  • Average length of stay: 4 hours
Number of Beds
  • The SCIC has four (4) treatment chairs and an exam room that houses one (1) stretcher. Up to 5 patients may be treated for infusion visits.
Nurse/Patient Ratio:
  • Typically 1:5
  • 9 am – 7 pm on weekdays
  • 10 am – 8 pm on weekends
Skill Mix
  • RN and Clinical Technician/Nursing Extern (nursing student) support 1:1 or 2:1
  • Required competencies: peripheral IV insertion skills, peripheral blood drawing skills. Nurse must possess skills in accessing, maintaining and de-accessing central lines.
  • Clinical staff must have a thorough understanding of sickle cell disease with ability to provide ongoing patient education.
  • Clinical staff meet JHH credentialing standard and follow institutional policies and procedures
  • 8 weeks or customized to nurse needs
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Amanda C. Owen

"I started on Nelson 4 as a new grad, precepting new staff within my first year and running charge within my second. My nurse manager constantly challenged me to advance my career goals - which led me to earn my certificate as a wound care specialist. Now, as a unit-based expert, I enjoy a high level of autonomy and work closely with the entire interdisciplinary team. I truly believe I've had opportunities not available at other institutions."

—Amanda C. Owen, R.N.
General Acute Medical Unit (Nelson 4)

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