Preventable hospitalizations of children

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For many conditions timely and effective care for kids can reduce the likelihood that they need to be hospitalized.
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Definitions: Source: Wisconsin Public Health Profiles. A hospitalization is considered preventable if it is for a condition for which timely and effective ambulatory care can reduce the likelihood of hospitalization. Conditions include congenital syphilis; conditions prevented by immunizations; convulsions; severe ear, nose, and throat infections; tuberculosis; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; bacterial pneumonia; asthma; congestive heart failure; hypertension; angina; cellulitis; skin grants with cellulitis; Diabetes A, B, and C; hypoglycemia; gastroenteritis; kidney or urinary infection; dehydration; iron deficiency anemia; nutritional deficiencies; failure to thrive; pelvic inflammatory disease; dental conditions; and cancer of the cervix.

Rates with numerators of less than 20 were not calculated because those rates can be misleadingly unstable over time; small annual fluctuations in the number of events can create large changes in the rate.