A 25-year-old male is admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of a sickle cell crisis. What consultation is a priority for this patient?

Pain specialist

Explanation

• A sickle cell crisis can cause horrific pain. Therefore, a pain specialist should be consulted immediately to help manage the patient's pain

• The patient's short-term nutritional needs will be met with IV fluids, so a nutritionist is not needed immediately

• A patient suffering from a sickle cell crisis will be placed on bed rest to reduce energy expenditure. A physical and occupational therapist is not needed at this time

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