TABLE 1

Characteristics of Asthmatic Patients Who Were Admitted in Pre-PC and Post-PC Groups

Pre-PC Group, N = 606Post-PC Group, N = 409Pa
Age, y, mean (SD)7.6 (4.0)8.0 (4.0).10
Race, % (n).08
 White45 (270)52 (212)
 African American26 (158)23 (93)
 Other27 (166)24 (97)
 Unknown2 (12)2 (7)
Insurance, % (n).81
 Private or self-pay38 (231)39 (159)
 Government issued62 (375)61 (250)
Hospital service, % (n).65
 Hospitalist81 (493)80 (328)
 Pulmonary19 (113)20 (81)
Season, % (n).01
 Spring (March–May)41 (248)34 (138)
 Summer (June–August)17 (106)15 (61)
 Fall (September–November)26 (158)30 (121)
 Winter (December–February)16 (94)22 (89)
APR-DRG severity, % (n)<.01
 Minor52 (313)72 (294)
 Moderate45 (272)22 (89)
 Major3 (18)5 (20)
First PAS category, % (n).39
 Low15 (89)18 (73)
 Moderate60 (364)57 (234)
 High25 (153)25 (102)
Oxygen required during admission, % (n)91 (550)98 (400)<.01
Continuous albuterol required during admission, % (n)78 (473)84 (342).03
Magnesium sulfate required during admission before ICU, % (n)2 (10)3 (11).25
  • a P values were calculated by using Pearson’s χ2 test.