Age-Adjusted ER Rate due to Pediatric Asthma

Region: Hudson Valley
Measurement Period: 2014-2016
This indicator shows the average annual age-adjusted emergency room visit rate due to asthma per 10,000 population aged under 18 years. Asthma cases with a secondary diagnosis of cystic fibrosis or other respiratory anomalies are excluded.
Why is this important?

Asthma in children is a serious public health problem in the US; it is one of the most common long-term diseases in children. The National Health Interview Survey has found that persons under 18 years have higher rates of asthma than any other age group. Asthma in children results in missed days of school, limitations on daily activities, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations. Moreover, asthma disproportionately affects low-income and minority children.

Asthma is a condition in which a person's air passages become inflamed, and the narrowing of the respiratory passages makes it difficult to breathe. Symptoms can include tightness in the chest, coughing, and wheezing. These symptoms are often brought on by exposure to inhaled allergens, such as dust, pollen, mold, cigarette smoke, and animal dander, or by exertion and stress. Reducing exposure to poor housing conditions, traffic pollution, secondhand smoke and other factors impacting air quality can help prevent asthma and asthma attacks. There is no cure for asthma, but for most people, the symptoms can be managed through a combination of long-term medication prevention strategies and short-term quick relievers. In some cases, however, asthma symptoms are severe enough to warrant hospitalization, and can result in death.

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The Hudson Valley Region includes Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
54.3
ER visits/ 10,000 population under 18 years
Source: New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS)
Measurement period: 2014-2016
Maintained by: Conduent Healthy Communities Institute
Last update: January 2018
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Technical note: Rates were calculated using population figures from the 2010 U.S. Census. Rates based on fewer than 10 emergency room visits or a population of less than 300 are unstable and are not reported. In October 2015, health care facilities began using International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision (ICD-10) for diagnosis and procedure coding of admissions and visits. Due to the increased specificity for diagnosis and procedure codes with ICD-10, please use caution when comparing prior time periods.

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Change in methodology for 2013-2015:
Due to a change in methodology with the introduction of ICD-10, 2013-2015 should be considered a baseline year for data analysis and is not directly comparable to previous years.
Change in methodology for 2014-2016:
With the introduction of ICD-10 in October 2015, 2014-2016 should be considered a baseline year for data analysis and is not directly comparable to previous time periods due to the increased number of records coded with ICD-10.

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Age-Adjusted ER Rate due to Pediatric Asthma

Data Source: New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS)
Measurement Period: 2014-2016
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54.3
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ER visits per 10,000 population under 18 years
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