Focus area: Physicians
Asthma and rehospitalization
Risk factors for rehospitalization after an acute episode
Asthma is one of the most common chronic disease in childhood and in the United States about 7 million children were affected. Recently, a study was published to assess the rate of rehospitalization for asthma after an acute episode and to correlate the risk factors that predispose a child to a second admission to the emergency room 12 months after the acute episode. 671 children were enrolled and 40% of children were rehospitalised for a new asthmatic episode. Younger children, black children and those who had previously carried out a treatment with inhaled corticosteroids were more at risk of further serious episodes. On the contrary, the socio-economic characteristics and exposure to some inhalants did not increase the risk of rehospitalization.
“Characteristics of pediatric emergency revisits after an asthma-related hospitalization”, di L.H. Johnson, A.F. Beck, R.S. Kahn et al, Annals of Emergency Medicine, in press.