Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in acute sickle cell pain crisis. The purpose of this study is to explore if hyperbaric oxygen therapy would decrease hospital length of stay and pain associated with acute sickle cell pain crisis. Eligibility criteria include both female and males age 19 years or older with sickle cell who are in an acute pain crisis. Exclusions include pregnancy and a sickle cell crisis complicated by any acute significant concomitant factors/conditions (i.e., acute chest syndrome, acute MI/stroke). Interventions would be 1-3 hyperbaric oxygen sessions depending on response to the therapy. Each treatment session will be approximately two hours in length. Evaluation would be through patients’ self assessment via the visual analog scale for pain level before and after treatments as well as tracking length of stay in the hospital.
> 19 Years
>19 years old patients who
present with sickle cell disease who are currently in uncomplicated sickle cell crisis present at time of admission from the emergency department at UNMC
< 19 years old, pregnant female, complicated sickle cell crisis present (i.e., concomitant MI, stroke, acute chest syndrome at time of presentation)