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Outcomes for Heart Failure Patients at UTMB

Congestive Heart Failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body or it cannot fill up with enough blood. Sometimes, both can occur at the same time. Heart failure can affect the right, left, or both sides of the heart. With right-sided heart failure, the heart cannot pump enough blood to the lungs to get oxygen. In left-sided heart failure, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. More information...


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.

In 2015, UTMB’s length of stay (LOS) index for patients with heart failure was higher (worse) than 1.0, meaning that during this time, patients stayed in the hospital longer than expected. Their stay was also longer compared to our Academic Medical Center Peers . The average length of stay at UTMB in 2015 for patients with this condition was just under 7 days.

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Readmissions

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

UTMB’s 30-day all-cause readmission rate for patients with heart failure has steadily improved over the last several years. UTMB has experienced a slight decrease so far this year, but our 2015 average remains slightly above our Academic Medical Center Peers' average, meaning patients are readmitted more often. So far in 2015, about 21% of patients diagnosed with heart failure came back to UTMB within 30 days of being discharged for an illness that was related or unrelated to their heart failure.

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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 heart failure (HF) in 2015 is less (better) than 1.00. This means we had fewer patients die in 2015 than predicted. Stated differently, UTMB saved the lives of three heart failure patients who were predicted to die this past year. In addition, UTMB’s mortality index is lower (better) than our Academic Medical Center Peers' average.

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