How Long Will You Wait at the Emergency Room?

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Nationwide data recently released by the federal government shows you how long it takes, on average, to see a doctor or other licensed professional at hospitals.

For an average hospital in New Jersey, patients wait in emergency rooms 33 minutes before they see a doctor, 147 minutes before they get sent home, 59 minutes before they’re given pain medications for a broken bone, or 148 minutes before they are admitted to the hospital.

Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed Trinitas Regional Medical Center patients waited in emergency rooms 66 minutes before seeing a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, compared with 27 minutes at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway.

Some medical conditions require immediate care and people who are having heart attacks or who have suffered life-threatening injuries are typically seen by doctors as soon as they arrive at the hospital.

In less urgent cases, patients arriving at the emergency room can wait for hours before seeing a doctor, receiving pain medication, having tests, or being admitted to the hospital.

Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all New Jersey hospitals may be found at http://projects.propublica.org/emergency/state/NJ

Use the ER Wait Watcher tool at http://projects.propublica.org/emergency/ to look up average wait times reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic according to Google.


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