TABLE 1

Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of Patients Admitted for Acute Asthma Exacerbation and Bivariate Comparisons by Institution

VariableOverall, n = 623CHCO, n = 421, 68%MUSC, n = 202, 32%P
SHS exposure, %.02
 Yes413848
 No596252
Gender, %.33
 Male616258
 Female393842
Race/ethnicity, %<.0001
 Black392665
 White262624
 Hispanic28387
 Other8103
Age, median, y6.06.05.0.13
Insurance, %.64
 Medicaid727173
 Private272726
 Self/other221
Prematurity, %.84
 Yes111110
 No/not documented898990
History of asthma, %.57
 Yes767577
 No242523
Taking ICS at home, %.80
 No505150
 Yes504950
Concurrent PNA, %<.01
 No879082
 Yes131018
Concurrent bronchiolitis, %.12
 No959693
 Yes547
PICU, %.36
 No818083
 Yes192017
EzPAP or CPAP, %<.0001
 No8882100
 Yes12180
Oxygen, %<.0001
 No27376
 Yes739724
Magnesium, %.95
 No777777
 Yes232323
IV Steroids, %.38
 No717268
 Yes292832
LOS geometric mean (95% CI)47.5 (45.5–50)48.6 (46.2–51.2)45.0 (43.4–48.4).02
  • ICS, inhaled corticosteroids.