Average time patients spent in the emergency department before being sent home
Description of Measure
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.
Why is this Important?
This shows the average (median) time patients spent in the emergency department--from the time the doctor decided to admit them to the time they left the emergency department for an inpatient bed. Delays in transferring emergency department patients to an inpatient unit may be a sign that there’s not enough staff or there’s poor coordination among hospital departments. Long delays can also create more stress for patients and families.
Lower numbers are better.
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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.
Data reported are based on discharges from Fourth Quarter 2012 through Third Quarter 2013