Health Indicator Report of Asthma Hospital Discharges - Children
Asthma is one of the common chronic diseases in New Mexico, with an estimated 45,503 children 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.
- 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 discharge that occurs in state with asthma listed as the primary (first-listed) diagnosis of a New Mexico resident 0 to 17 year-old. A diagnosis of asthma includes the ICD-9 codes 493.0-493.92 and the ICD-10 code J45.
NumeratorNumber of child 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 11/21/2018, Published on 01/18/2019