Outcomes for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients at UTMB

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, often referred to as COPD, is a disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD typically gets worse over time. Common symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath (especially with physical activity), chest tightness, wheezing (a whistling noise in the chest while breathing), and a productive cough. A productive cough is a cough that produces a lot of mucus (a slimy substance). COPD is more common in people that smoke, used to smoke, or have a family history of COPD. It can also be caused by second hand smoke, irritants in the air, or even air pollution. More information on the disease, COPD...

Length of Stay

Length of stay in health care refers to the period of time (in days) that spans from when a patient was admitted to the hospital to the time they are discharged.

UTMB’s length of stay index for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is below 1, meaning that these patients are staying in the hospital for shorter periods of time than expected. UTMB’s Length of Stay for patients with COPD has been lower (better) than our Academic Medical Center Peers since 2012. The average length of stay for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was just over 4 days in 2015.

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UTMB defines hospital readmission as patient admission to a hospital within 30 days after being discharged from an earlier hospital stay.

UTMB has experienced an increase in readmission for patients with COPD (within 30 days of a previous hospital discharge) in 2015, however, making our calendar year 2015 average slightly higher than our Academic Medical Center Peers. In 2015, about 23% of patients diagnosed with COPD came back to UTMB within 30 days of being discharged for an illness that was related or unrelated to their COPD.

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Mortality Rates

Mortality rate in health care refers to the number of people that died from their illness or injury at the hospital.

UTMB’s mortality index for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in calendar year 2015 was less than 1.00. This means fewer patients died of COPD at UTMB Health in 2015 than predicted. In other words, UTMB saved the lives of 2 patients with COPD that were predicted to die in 2015. UTMB is also performing about as well as our Academic Medical Center Peers.

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