Children's Asthma Care Core Measures

Background

Asthma is a chronic illness that affects breathing. During an asthma flare-up, a child can have wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. These symptoms can sometimes be severe enough to require admission to the hospital. It is very important that the correct medications are given in the hospital and a good plan is in place on discharge to prevent symptoms from returning.

Initiative

The Joint Commission recommends three practices, called the Children’s Asthma Care (CAC) Core Measures, to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to children admitted to the hospital with an asthma flare-up:

CAC-1: A reliever medication, such as albuterol.

CAC-2: A steroid medication given by mouth or through an IV, such as prednisone.

CAC-3: A patient-specific home management plan on discharge.

Goal

CAC-1: 100% of patients will receive a reliever medication.

CAC-2: 100% of patients will receive a steroid medication by mouth or through an IV.

CAC-3: At least 92% of patients will receive a written Asthma Action Plan in addition to routine discharge instructions.

Results

Children's Asthma Care Core Measures

 

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