Description of Measure
Average time patients spent in the emergency department before they were seen by a healthcare professional.
Why is this Important?
For patients who were later sent home from the emergency department, this measure shows the average (median) time in minutes, from the time they arrived until the time they were seen by a healthcare professional. It does not include patients who were admitted to the hospital, who died in the emergency department, or who left without being seen. Delays in being seen by a healthcare provider may be a sign that the emergency department is understaffed or overcrowded. This may result in delays in treatment or lower quality care. In addition, long delays can create more stress for patients and families.
Lower numbers are better.
All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.
Data reported are based on discharges from Fourth Quarter 2012 through Third Quarter 2013