UTMB ranks 7th out of 93 academic health centers nationally for safety of patient care.
MORTALITY – While all hospitals seek to prevent patient deaths wherever possible, not all deaths can be avoided, and some patients have higher risks that are associated with potential death, or they choose to discontinue treatment. The Mortality Index is the statistical measure of the number of people that died from their illness or injury at the hospital. It compares the actual (observed) mortality rates to the number of patients who were expected to pass away while they were in the hospital.
The expected mortality is risk-adjusted, meaning that other factors (such as age, race, other illnesses, and the severity of their illnesses) are considered.