The Crisis Care Package Program

A Response-Aid Kit/Package for Sickle Cell Disease patients who have been admitted to the hospital because of a Sickle Cell Crisis.

When a SCD patient is admitted to the hospital due to an ongoing SCD crisis, pain management is of major importance, and needs to be addressed immediately. Pain medication is very, very expensive. Quite often, it can take up to 4-6 days to gain control of this pain.

During the patients stay, this kit helps to provide many necessities and allay some out-of-pocket expenses. It includes numerous items that the family is often dependent upon the hospital to supply, over and over again, at great cost. The package is housed in a backpack for convenience to the patient. It includes special heating pads to help relieve excessive pain, Gatorade to replenish electrolytes and hydrate the patient’s body, thermometer, pain relieving topical medications, blanket, water bottles, hygiene packs, notebooks, pens, pencils (etc.), and Hospital Parking Assistance for two weeks to the SCD patient’s immediate family.

The goal of the Crisis Care Package program is to assist SCD patients and families in offsetting some of the extensive initial hospital expenses that occur when a SCD patient is admitted due to a SCD crisis.

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The Crisis Backpack is a great thing to bring to the hospital, and it’s a great thing to just have with you to bring back to the hospital again. I thought it was pretty well equipped for just about every situation you could be in. I particularly liked the heating packs. I think it’s great for children and parents. It was the perfect gift at the perfect time, and it helped to make my day! Even though the hospital has heat pads, I don’t know how to explain it… It was like the KIS heat pack was special. It was just the right size, and when I came home I continued to use it for a few more days. Even just opening up the backpack was like Christmas.

KiKi and The KIS Foundation are awesome and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me and my family over the years. I know I would not be who I am today without them.

Thanks again!
— Atreyu, 16

The KIS Foundation, Inc., visited with the patients and families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a Special Delivery of the “Crisis Care Package”. This program provides a Response-Aid Kit at not cost to Sickle Cell Disease patients who have been admitted to the hospital because of a Sickle Cell Crisis within the Los Angeles, CA area.