Indicator Report - Asthma Hospital Admissions - Children Age 0-4 by County 2008-2010
Why Is This Important?Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by wheezing, coughing, breathlessness and chest tightness resulting from the constriction of the airways. Although the cause(s) of asthma is(are) unknown, asthma symptoms can be triggered by allergens or irritants such as tobacco smoke, dust, animal dander, air pollution, pollen, dust mites, mold, exercise, cold air, or stress.
More than 22 million Americans have asthma, and it is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood, affecting an estimated 6 million children. The burden of asthma affects the patients, their families, and society in terms of lost work and school, lessened quality of life, and avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Effective management is the key to preventing recurrent exacerbations of asthma and minimizing the need for ED visits or hospitalizations.
Asthma Hospital Admissions - Children Age 0-4 by County 2008-2010
Data NotesAn asthma hospitalization is an admission to the hospital by a New Mexico resident that occurs in state during a the time period with asthma as the primary (first-listed) diagnosis. The following International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes were used to identify primary asthma hospital admissions: 493.0-493.92.
Data SourcesHospital Inpatient Discharge Data, New Mexico Department of Health.Population Source: Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) Population Estimates, University of New Mexico. http://www.unm.edu/~bber/.
DefinitionHospitalization for asthma among New Mexico residents, per 10,000 population.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 07/06/2011, Published on 06/14/2012