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Children's Asthma Care

What is Asthma?  Asthma is a disease where the airways (tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs) become inflamed and narrowed from exposure to certain substances called irritants, resulting in less air flowing into the lungs.  This can cause attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.  Asthma can occur in anyone, at any age, but it usually starts in childhood. 


Asthma in children, called Pediatric asthma, is a common serious chronic disease, affecting nearly 5 million children in the United States.   Baystate Children's Hospital has partnered with the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition to improve the quality of life of children with asthma.  This work is funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Institute of Environment Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.  


Baystate Health facilities publicly report data on Children's Asthma care. This reporting helps to ensure that every patient admitted to a BH facility due to  asthma receives all appropriate treatments to reduce sickness and death.  






Baystate Medical Center Best U.S. Hospitals*
October - December 2012
Relievers for inpatient asthma (2 to 17 years) - Overall Rate: Reliever medications are used in patients with asthma to relax the airways to improve breathing.  It is important to use the correct asthma medication and dosage in children with asthma in order to lower the risk of severe illness, complications and death. 100% 100%
Systemic corticosteroids for inpatient asthma (2 to 17 years) - Overall Rate:  Oral and IV steroids are medications used to reduce inflammation throughout the body, including airways.  Oral and IV steroids may cause serious side effects when used long-term.  It is important to use these medications for severe episodes or chronic severe asthma that cannot be controlled with other medications. 100% 100%
Home Management Plan:  Once discharged from the hospital, it is important to know to how to properly manage asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks from occurring.  A Home Management Plan of Care helps children and their caregivers develop a plan to manage the child's symptoms and to know when to take action. 92.1% 100%
Composite Process Score: A summary score of how often we provide each of the above-listed recommended measures to patients based on their specific conditions. 97.4% 98.7%
Appropriate Care Score:  A score that summarizes whether patients received all of the appropriate treatments that they should have based on their specific conditions. 92.1% 85%


*Benchmark is The Joint Commission Top 10%






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