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Emergency Department Care

Timely and effective care in hospital emergency departments is essential for good patient outcomes. Delays before receiving care in the emergency department can reduce the quality of care and increase risks and discomfort for patients with serious illnesses or injuries. Waiting times at different hospitals can vary widely, depending on the number of patients seen, staffing levels, efficiency, admitting procedures, or the availability of inpatient beds.

The information below shows how quickly the hospitals you selected treat patients who come to the hospital emergency department, compared to the average for all hospitals in the U. S.

MeasureDescription
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department after the doctor decided to admit them to inpatient before leaving the Emergency Department.For patients who had to be admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, average time patients spent in the Emergency Department, after the doctor decided to admit them as an inpatient before leaving the Emergency Department for their inpatient room.
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before being sent homeAverage time patients spent in the Emergency Department before being sent home.
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before they were admitted to the hospital.For patients who had to be admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, average time patients spent in the Emergency Department, before they were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient.
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before they were seen by a healthcare professional.Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before they were seen by a healthcare professional
Average time patients who came to the Emergency Department with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medicationAverage time patients who came to the Emergency Department with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication.
Percentage of patients who came to the Emergency Department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrivalPercentage of patients who came to the Emergency Department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival
Percentage of patients who left the Emergency Department before being seenPercentage of patients who left the Emergency Department before being seen.