Facts & Figures on Asthma

Asthma in Ireland
Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world
  • 7.1% of 18+ population have asthma
  • 18.9% of 13 – 15 year olds have asthma
  • 38.5% of 13 – 15 year olds reported wheezing
  • More than 1 person a week dies from asthma
  • 29% of asthma patients miss school or work

 

  1. Adults miss 12 days a year on average
  2. Children miss 10 days a year on average 
 

The Asthma Demonstration Project in Primary Care was carried out by the Asthma Society of Ireland in 2009 / 2010 and found that:

  •  8% had been admitted to hospital
  • 14% attended A&E in the last year and
  • 27% had been nebulised in the previous year.
  • 45% of asthma patients had at least once course of oral steroids in the previous year
  • There was an average of 4,753 asthma admissions per year from 2005 – 2010
  • A&E admissions are estimated at four times the admission rate, approx 19,000 per annum
  • The average length of stay with an asthma admission was 3.13 days
  1. Patients under 15 average length of stay was 1.9 days
  2. Patients over 65 average length of stay was 6.2 days

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