What we measure:
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended the use of corticosteroid medication to manage asthma in children. Corticosteroids reverse the narrowing of the windpipes brought on by asthma. Research shows that every patient discharged with a primary diagnosis of asthma should receive this medication.
Why we measure:
Asthma occurs as airways become inflamed and narrow which makes breathing difficult. It is the most common recurring childhood condition in the United States; in fact, asthma accounted for the second highest number of admissions to Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2007. Measuring the number of patients who receive corticosteroid medication is an indication of how well we are caring for our patients with asthma.
How we measure:
Each month, we select a sample of medical records of children hospitalized with asthma and analyze the number of patients who received corticosteroid medication while in the hospital.
How are we improving:
Controlling asthma in patients continues to be an important concern for us. While we routinely reach a compliance level of 100%, we continue to monitor the consistent use of corticosteroids to ensure we are providing the best care to asthma patients.