Outcomes for Stroke Patients at UTMB

A Stroke is caused when the brain does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood. Usually, this is because the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain is stopped by something like a clot (ischemic stroke). It can also occur if a blood vessel in the brain breaks causing a bleeding in the head (hemorrhagic stroke). When the brain cells do not get enough oxygen-rich blood, the part of the brain not getting the blood can become damaged or die. 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.

UTMB’s length of stay index for patients with stroke is higher (worse) than 1.00 meaning that stroke patients stayed in the hospital longer than expected in 2015. UTMB’s LOS index for this condition was also higher (worse) than our Academic Medical Center Peers' average.

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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.

While UTMB’s 30-day all-cause readmissions rates for patients who suffered a stroke have remained steady or shown slight improvement over the last couple of years, our rates remain slightly above (worse than) our Academic Medical Center Peers' average. In 2015, just under 11% of UTMB patients diagnosed with a stroke returned to the hospital within 30 days for reasons related or unrelated to their stroke.

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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 who had a stroke in 2015 was higher (worse) than 1.00. This means we had more stroke patients die in calendar year 2015 than were predicted. UTMB’s mortality index is higher (worse) than our Academic Medical Center Peers.

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