Question 62: Have vaso-occlusive pain episodes occurred that required hospitalization or treatment within the last 2 years? (treatment that is in a hospital or clinic setting)
Vaso-occlusive pain, sometimes called a pain crisis, is a common painful complication of sickle cell disease in adolescents and adults. Recurrent episodes may cause irreversible organ damage.
Report Yes if the recipient experienced vaso-occlusive pain requiring hospitalization or treatment (i.e., ER admission, day hospital, inpatient admission, etc.) within the last two years. If the recipient did not experience vaso-occlusive pain requiring hospitalization or treatment, or if no information is available to determine if the recipient required hospitalization for vaso-occlusive pain in the past two years, report No or Unknown and go to question 65.
Questions 63 – 64: Number of episodes in the last two years:
Indicate if the number of vaso-occlusive pain episodes the recipient experienced in the last two years is Known or Unknown. If Known, report the number of vaso occlusive pain episodes requiring hospitalization or treatment within the past two years. If the number of vaso-occlusive pain episodes requiring hospitalization or treatment is not known within the past two years, select Unknown.
In this context, an “episode” is defined as being admitted to a hospital setting (i.e., ER admission, day hospital, inpatient admission, etc.) followed by a discharge. This should not be interpreted as the number of days for which the recipient was hospitalized.
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