SAFER Call-to-Action

Join the movement for quality, equitable sickle cell treatment. 

What does it mean to partner in SAFER sickle cell care?

The SAFER initiative is neither a study nor surveillance. It is a way to operationalize quality care by making it easier to implement existing sickle cell care guidelines. The goal is to improve treatment, exercise equity, increase provider knowledge, and create better patient outcomes.

Call to action for providers & facilities

  • Designate a SAFER champion for your facility/system to liaison with SCDAAMI (or your local CBO) monthly to share feedback, treatment updates, best practices, learning, etc. Designate a co-champion if you have the bandwidth.

  • Ensure that ED and hematology are connected in this effort.

  • Distribute SAFER cards to sickle cell patients in the Emergency Department.

  • Provide SAFER cards to hospitalized sickle cell patients.

  • Educate ED staff on guideline-based sickle cell care:

    • Physicians, residents, triage nurses

    • Care team: Hematologists, specialists, floor nurses, social work,

    • Diversity & Inclusion/Equity staff


Call to action for CBOs & individuals with sickle cell


  • Share the SAFER ER Patient Survey

  • Educate individuals with sickle cell, caregivers and advocates about SAFER and care guidelines, health maintenance, and Individual Care Plans

  • Email to add your logo to site

  • Enlist local provider champions. Educate them and their care teams via team meetings, lunch and learns, etc.

  • Share SAFER

  • Report progress to your local partners



  • Complete and submit a SAFER ER Patient Survey after every ER visit – good, bad and in-between

  • Familiarize yourself with the guidelines. Educate your advocate.

  • Got a good hematologist? Enlist him/her in supporting SAFER.

  • Share SAFER


SAFER Action Committee

  • Set data goals

  • Promote SAFER ER Patient Survey

  • Compile evidence

  • Report results

  • Recruit national partners

  • Report progress to national partners

  • Create recognition component for participating facilities (online, social media, traditional and e-communications, annual high-visibility platform.)

For more information about the SAFER Action Committee, contact Stefanie Worth


Have you used or implemented SAFER? Share your experience!