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  • Quality Care at Hasbro Children's Hospital

  • Percent of Inpatient Pediatric Asthma Patients (age 2 to 17 years) Given Systemic Corticosteroids to Treat an Asthma Exacerbation

  • Why Is This Treatment Important?

    Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children and a major cause of morbidity and increased health care expenditures nationally (Adams, et al., 2001). For children, asthma is one of the most frequent reasons for admission to hospitals (McCormick, et al., 1999). Silber, et al, (2003) noted that there are approximately 200,000 admissions for childhood asthma in the United States annually, representing more than $3 billion dollars in healthcare costs.

    Under-treatment and/or inappropriate treatment of asthma are recognized as major contributors to asthma morbidity and mortality. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma in children developed by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), as well as by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend the use of systemic corticosteroids to gain control of acute asthma exacerbation and reduce severity as quickly as possible in children with mild, moderate and severe persistent asthma.

    What the Scores Mean

    A higher percentage, or score, is good because it means more patients received the recommended treatment. However, a lower score does not necessarily indicate poor care. You should consider the overall quality of a facility in addition to individual category scores.

  • Percent of Inpatients Receiving Steroids