Denying pain meds to patients in the ER in sickle cell crisis increases risk of death
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The cdc guidelines and restrictions on pain medication have put many people with serious medical problems in danger of death. One group of people are people living with sickle cell anemia.people with this chronic illness are known to be at higher risk for death due to stroke and high blood pressure. This illness is chronic with periods of exasperation called crisis. During a crisis pain severely increases along with blood pressure. Since pain increases blood pressure even more it is very detrimental to control pain in a person in sickle cell crisis. Not controlling their pain greatly increases the likelihood of stroke and death. This request is extremely urgent and needs to be addressed as soon as possible before deaths occur that can be avoided with proper pain control. All research on this disease to date backs up the crucial need for urgent pain control during a sickle cell crisis and shows there is no benefit to withholding opiate pain medication but tremendous risk to the patient.
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