UAMS opens statewide sickle cell treatment program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is opening a clinic that will treat adult sickle cell anemia patients across the state.

UAMS said Tuesday that the program's goal is to improve care and treatment of the estimated 1,300 adults and children in Arkansas who have sickle disease.

The program includes provider training, patient education and operates in partnership with UAMS' distance health center.

Led by Dr. Robin Devan, the program also includes an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse and a social worker.

Sickle cell disease is a painful and debilitating inherited disease. Patients suffer painful episodes that often bring complications, such as bone infections, stroke and kidney disease.

The program is working to better reach sickle cell patients who live in rural areas with scarce health care options.

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