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Indicator Report - Asthma Hospitalizations

Why Is This Important?

Asthma can usually be managed in an outpatient setting, reducing the need for inpatient hospitalization. Tracking rates of hospitalization can aid in identifying populations or areas with inadequate access to routine medical care.

An asthma attack can result in a hospitalization 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 hospitalization, are preventable if asthma is managed according to established guidelines. Effective management includes control of exposure to factors that trigger exacerbations, adequate pharmacological management, continual monitoring of the disease, and patient education in asthma care.

Hospitalizations due to Asthma by Age Groups: 0-4, 5-64, and 65+, Utah, 2008-2012

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Data Notes

The ICD-9 code used to define asthma is 493.

Data Sources

Utah Inpatient Hospital Discharge Data, Office of Health Care Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2013.

Other Views


Rate: Number of hospitalizations due to asthma (ICD-9 code 493) per 10,000 population.
Number: Number of hospitalizations due to asthma (ICD-9 code 493).

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Rate/Number: Number of hospitalizations among the Utah population with asthma as the principle diagnosis.
Denominator: Rate: Number of Utah residents. Number: Not applicable.

Page Content Updated On 12/12/2014, Published on 03/03/2015
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Content updated: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:43:27 MST