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

A lower number is better with this measure.
Source: hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

What Does This Graph Show?

This graph illustrates the mortality rates at UTSW hospitals for heart attack, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia, compared to the national average. For heart attack and pneumonia, the differences from the national average are not significantly different. The mortality rate for congestive heart failure at UTSW is significantly lower than the national average.