Average time patients spent in the emergency department before being sent home
Description of Measure
Average time patients spent in the emergency department before being sent home.
Why is this Important?
This measure shows the average (median) time in minutes that patients spent in the emergency department – from the time they arrived to the time they were sent home. It does not include patients who were later admitted to the hospital as inpatients, admitted for observation, transferred to another acute care hospital, or who left without being seen by a licensed provider. Long stays in the emergency department before a patient is sent home may be a sign that the emergency department is understaffed or overcrowded. This may result in delays in treatment, increased suffering for those who wait, and unpleasant treatment environments.
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