Indicator Report - Asthma-related Emergency Department (ED) Visits
Why Is This Important?Asthma can usually be managed in an outpatient setting, reducing the need for emergency department visits. Tracking rates of emergency department visits can aid in identifying populations or areas with inadequate access to routine medical care.
An asthma attack can necessitate an emergency department visit and can be initiated by a variety of triggers. Some of these include exposures to environmental tobacco smoke, dust mites, cockroach allergen, mold, pets, strenuous physical exercise, and air pollution. Two key air pollutants that can affect asthma are ozone (found in smog) and PM or particulate matter (found in haze, smoke, and dust).
The majority of problems associated with asthma, including emergency department visits, are preventable if asthma is managed according to established guidelines. Effective management includes control of exposures to factors that trigger exacerbations, adequate pharmacological management, continual monitoring of the disease, and patient education in asthma care.
Data NotesThe ICD-9 code used to define asthma is 493. All ED encounters are included in the presented data, which includes those that were treat and release visits, as well as those that resulted in hospital admission. Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.
Data SourcesEmergency Department Encounter Database, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau.
DefinitionRate: Emergency department visits due to asthma (ICD-9 code 493) per 10,000 Utah residents.
Number: Emergency department visits due to asthma.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 10/23/2013, Published on 11/12/2013