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Young Children with Asthma Visit Emergency Department Most Often, Fall Months the Busiest

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

New research study finds that children ages 1 to 3 years account for one-fifth of all emergency department visits caused by complications from asthma, representing the highest proportion of visits among asthma patients under age 21. In addition, 55 percent of all ED visits due to asthma occur in boys, and fall months – September, October and November – have a relatively high proportion of visits compared to other times of the year. The research was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference in Orlando. At AAP, the same research team also presented an analysis of adverse drug events (ADE) among hospitalized children in the U.S. from 2003 to 2010. Results reveal that medication errors and ADEs in pediatric inpatient settings gradually increased between 2003 and 2010, although the cause for this increase requires further study.

28-Oct-2013 11:00 AM EDT

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