2 September 2020
NATIONAL ASTHMA AWARENESS WEEK 2020
Asthma and Staying out of Hospital
Read about how Prof Harriet Hiscock, chair of the MACH Health Services Improvement and Implementation Committee and Dr. Katherine Chen explores why rates of children readmitting to hospital with asthma is on a rise.
When a child ends up in hospital with an asthma exacerbation (‘attack’) it is an important opportunity to holistically evaluate the child’s asthma management in order to improve its control and prevent future emergency trips to the hospital.
But, worryingly, the rates at which children are being readmitted to hospital with their asthma are worsening. So what is going on?
Their work involves the collaboration with Safer Care Victoria and environmental experts at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University to investigate ten years of statewide administrative data on asthma hospital and emergency admissions in children, allowing the examination of how changes in the environment are affecting acute health services use.