How UTSW Handles Complications of Hospitalization

UT Southwestern Medical Center treats thousands of patients in our hospitals every year. Because the human body is so complex, complications can occasionally develop due to a patient’s illness or treatment. Some of these complications are preventable so we closely measure their incidence.

Why Is This Important?

UTSW uses software developed by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research to help us detect complications that are possibly preventable. UTSW reviews every complication identified by this software, and by doing so has been able to reduce the number of complications experienced by our patients. In addition, this software calculates a Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) composite score, which we use to compare our complication rates to other institutions. This score is a weighted calculation using the rates of several complications such as pressure ulcers, collapsed lung, catheter infections, blood clots, and others.

Complications of Hospitalization

A lower percentage is better with this measure.

What Does This Graph Show?

The graph indicates, by quarter, the Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) composite score for UT Southwestern, compared to the average (median) of other academic medical centers.

UTSW’s complication rate has been below the average of other academic medical centers since 2011.