How UTSW Measures Outcomes – Mortality Rates for Certain Conditions

Patient mortality statistics measure the rate of deaths in a hospital or health care facility. Some serious illnesses, such as heart attack, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia, have high mortality rates. As a result, hospitals monitor mortality rates for these particular illnesses very closely as a measure of quality of care.

Why Is This Important?

Inpatient mortality is an important outcome measure of quality for hospitals because it indicates how well hospitals take care of their sickest patients. Patient mortality is usually measured as a rate – the number of deaths per 100 inpatients and is shown as a percentage. This rate can be compared to other hospitals or the national average as an indication of the hospital’s ability to care for these very ill patients.

Hospital Compare Mortality Rate

Hospital Compare Mortality Rate

What Does This Graph Show?

This graph illustrates the mortality rates at UTSW hospitals for several conditions, compared to the national average. The differences from the national average are not significantly different from national benchmarks, except for congestive heart failure, where UTSW mortality is significantly below the national average.