Asthma Medication Use :: Quality Measures :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Asthma Medication Use

What is asthma relief medication?

Asthma occurs as airways become inflamed and narrow which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma relief medications relac the bands of muscle surrounding the wind pipe during an asthma attack. All patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of asthma should receieve asthma relief medication.

What is corticosteroid medication?

Corticosteroid medication is used to manage asthma in children. Corticosteroids reverse the narrowing of windpipes brought on by asthma. Every patient discharged with a primary diagnosis of asthma should receive this medication.

Why do we measure?

  • Asthma is the most common recurring childhood condition in the United States.

  • Asthma accounts for the second highest number of admissions to Nationwide Children's.

  • Measuring the number of patients who receive relief medication and corticosteroid medication indicates how well we are treating asthma attacks.

How do we measure?

  • Each month, we select a sample of medical records of patients hospitalized with asthma.

  • Percentage is calculated by the number of patients prescribed relief medication and corticosteroid medication per the number of pateints with a primary diagnosis of asthma.

How are we improving?

  • We routinely reach compliance levels near 100%.

  • We continue to monitor and improve where possible.

  

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000