What we measure:
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended the use of asthma relief medications to gain control of an asthma attack by reducing the severity as quickly as possible. Relievers relax the bands of muscle surrounding the wind pipes when a child has an asthma attack. All patients hospitalized at Nationwide Children's Hospital with a primary diagnosis of asthma should receive an asthma relief 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 our hospital in 2007. Measuring the number of patients who receive relief medication during their hospitalization is an indication of how well we are treating an asthma attack.
How we measure:
Every month, we select a sample of medical records of patients hospitalized with asthma to analyze the number of patients who received relief 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 compliance levels near 100 percent, we continue to monitor the consistent use of relief medication to ensure we are providing the best care to asthma patients.