Health Indicator Report of Asthma Hospital Discharges among Adults
Asthma is one of the common chronic diseases in New Mexico, with an estimated 156,782 adults currently having the disease. People with asthma are more likely to miss school or work, report feelings of depression, and experience an overall reduced quality of life. Asthma is also costly, with expenses from routine checkups, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and medications putting a significant burden on families, the health care sector, and the economy. Though it cannot be cured, asthma can be controlled through quality health care, appropriate medications, and good self-management skills. When asthma is controlled, people with the disease have few, if any, symptoms, and can live normal and productive lives.
NotesICD Stands for International Classification of Diseases. It is a coding system maintained by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics used to classify causes of death on death certificates and diagnoses, injury causes, and medical procedures for hospital and emergency department visits. These codes are updated every decade or so to account for advances in medical technology. The U.S. is currently using the 10th revision (ICD-10) to code causes of death. The 9th revision (ICD-9) is still used for hospital and emergency department visits.
- Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data, New Mexico Department of Health.
- Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.
Data Interpretation IssuesCurrently, the hospital inpatient discharge dataset includes data from NON-FEDERAL HOSPITALS only. It does not include hospital discharges from Veteran's Administration (VA) facilities, nor from Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, which account for a large proportion of hospitalizations for New Mexico's American Indian population. Until federal hospitals can be included in the data, these results should not be used to make population inferences for New Mexico's American Indian populations.
DefinitionAn asthma hospitalization is a hospital admission that occurs in state with asthma listed as the primary (first-listed) diagnosis of a New Mexico resident age 18 years and older. Asthma diagnosis include the ICD-9 codes 493.0-493.92 and, after 10/2015, the ICD-10 code J45.
NumeratorNumber of adult hospital discharges where asthma is the primary (first-listed) diagnosis.
DenominatorEstimated total number of New Mexico residents in a specified population over a specified time period.
Page Content Updated On 02/22/2019, Published on 03/08/2019