Table 1

Hospital admission and readmission rates of patients aged between 2 and 15 years with acute asthma before (January 1990 to December 1991) and after (January 1994 to December 1995) establishment of a nurse-led asthma education service

Total paediatric medical admissions31344652
Total acute asthma admissions252 (8.2%)1-150 300 (6.5%)1-150
Total patients with asthma162180
Patients readmitted with acute asthma4355
Asthma readmission rate26.5%30.6%
Patients referred to asthma nurse specialistsNA92%
Nurse-led educational sessions/patient (median (range))
 OverallNA4 (1-25)
 Re-admission groupNA7 (1-25)
  • 1-150 Percentage of total acute general paediatric hospital admissions.