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Asthma Hospital Discharges by County, Children Aged 0-17, New Mexico, 2017-2021

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Why Is This Important?

Asthma is one of the common chronic diseases in New Mexico, with an estimated 30,000 children currently having the disease. People with asthma are more likely to miss school or work, report feelings of depression, and experience an overall reduced quality of life. Asthma is also costly, with expenses from routine checkups, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and medications putting a significant burden on families, the health care sector, and the economy. Though it cannot be cured, asthma can be controlled through quality health care, appropriate medications, and good self-management skills. When asthma is controlled, people with the disease have few, if any, symptoms, and can live normal and productive lives.

Asthma Hospital Discharges by County, Children Aged 0-17, New Mexico, 2017-2021

  • **The estimate has been suppressed because the number of events and population size are small and not appropriate for publication, or it could be used to calculate the number in a cell that has been suppressed.
  • #This count or rate is statistically unstable (RSE >0.30), and may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). Please use caution in interpreting this value, or combine years, areas, or age groups to increase the population size.


Number of inpatient hospital visits by children (age 17 or younger) for asthma per 10,000 population.

Data Notes

Asthma hospital visits include those with ICD9cm codes 493.0-493.49 and/or ICD10cm code J45 as the first-listed diagnosis.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program.
  • Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data, New Mexico Department of Health.

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of child hospital discharges where asthma is the primary (first-listed) diagnosis.
Denominator:Estimated total number of New Mexico residents in a specified population over a specified time period.

Data Issues

  • New Mexico Population Estimates

    All population estimates apply to July 1 of the selected year. These estimates are considered the most accurate estimates for the state of New Mexico and should match those found on the University of New Mexico Geospatial and Population Studies website. Estimates include decimal fractions. Census tract population estimates were summed to produce County and Small Area population estimates. Population estimate totals may vary due to rounding. Population estimates for previous years are occasionally revised as new information becomes available. When publishing trend data, always be sure that your rates for earlier years match current rates on NM-IBIS that have been calculated with the most up-to-date population estimates.

  • Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data (HIDD)

    ICD Stands for 'International Classification of Diseases.' It is a coding system maintained by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and is used to classify diagnoses for hospital and emergency department visits. This coding system underwent a major revision from version 9 (ICD9) to version 10 that went into effect October 1, 2015. In most cases, the two versions do not provide comparable results and the two time periods should not be combined in a single query. The hospital inpatient discharge data include visits to NON-FEDERAL HOSPITALS only. Visits to Veteran's Administration (VA) facilities and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities have not been included, unless specifically stated otherwise. The data include all hospital visits. Persons with multiple hospital visits will be counted multiple times. Transfer visits have not been removed from the dataset. Patients who were transferred from one facility to another will have data records at each facility. Newborns have been excluded from the data when the hospital stay was for childbirth. The hospital inpatient dataset includes only New Mexico residents hospitalized in New Mexico hospitals, and will undercount hospitalizations of New Mexico residents who visited a hospital in another state. In cases of serious injuries near the state borders, oftentimes patients will be transported to a nearby trauma center in the bordering state.

Health Topic Pages Related to: Asthma Hospital Discharges among Children

Community Health Resources and Links

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Indicator Data Last Updated On 04/18/2023, Published on 05/23/2023
Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau, Asthma Program, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 S. Saint Francis Drive, Suite 1300, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Srikanth Paladugu, Bureau Chief,