Edward's 12-minute ER wait well below nat'l avg.
How Long is the ER Wait at Edward Hospital?
Wait times at Edward Hospital are only about a third of the Illinois average. New Medicare database shows how hospitals across the area—and the rest of the nation—compare.
April 6, 2013
If you go to the emergency room at Edward Hospital, how long will it take before you see a health-care professional?
The federal government says 12 minutes on average.
That's far better than both the state and national average, according to a new database causing some hospital officials nationwide to cringe. It's less than half the national average—30—and barely over a third of the Illinois average—33.
Edward also beat the Illinois average in time spent before being admitted as an inpatient (238 minutes, state average 265), average time ER patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication (35 minutes, state average 57) and average time spent in the ER before being sent home (92 minutes, state average 142.)
Key measures of ER efficiency have been posted from hospitals taking part across the country, according to a report by Cheryl Clark, now senior quality editor for HealthLeaders Media.
“With precious little fanfare, Uncle Sam... rolled out a big, fat database with seven measures comparing a service that many people — healthcare providers and patients alike — consider the most critical any hospital can provide,” Clark wrote.
Data collected in 2011 and early 2012 also tracked things like how long it took for an ER patient with a broken bone to get pain medication, or how long the wait was to get a bed, if they needed admission. Other data showed how long patients spent in the ER before being sent home and whether they received a brain scan if they might have suffered a stroke. If even asked questions about how clean the bathrooms are.
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