Average time patients who came to the emergency department with broken bones
Description of Measure
Average time patients who came to the emergency department with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication.
Why is this Important?
For all patients 2 years and older who came to the emergency department with a broken arm or leg, this shows the average time they waited before receiving pain medication. Long waits before a patient is treated may be a sign that the emergency department is understaffed or overcrowded. For patients with broken bones, long waits without pain medication cause unnecessary increased suffering.
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