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RI Hospitals’ Emergency Room Waiting Times - Big Differences

Sunday, January 03, 2016

 

It is literally life or death. Emergency rooms save lives and the waiting time can be the difference. 

In Rhode Island, the emergency rooms vary greatly. The waiting times at some hospitals can be 3 to 4 times as long as the best ones - some are more than an hour on average. 

SLIDES: SEE HOW EACH EMERGENCY ROOM IN RI PERFORMED BELOW

Emergency rooms wait times are an indication of overcrowding. Accroding to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “wait times for treatment increased as the annual volume of visits increased."

The mean wait time was 33.8 minutes in emergency rooms with less than 20,000 annual visits, compared with 69.8 minutes in ERs with 50,000 or more annual visits.”

That car crash on Route 95 that requires emergency response to use the jaws of life and the victim needs immediate response? One hospital is most likely to take the victim of the accident.

In Rhode Island, the reality is that Rhode Island Hospital’s absorbs most of the most complex cases as it is a Level 1 Trauma Center. It is verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center with both adult and pediatric capability.

Accordingly, functions at Rhode Island Hospital’s Trauma center include:

  • certified trauma surgeons
  • nurses trained and experienced in delivering acute care
  • operating rooms open and staffed around the clock
  • state-of-the-art imaging and monitoring equipment, which helps us provide quick evaluation and diagnosis
  • rescue squads and response teams that are prepared to maximize pre-hospital care and fast transport

As Rhode Island Hospital’s Dr. Brian Zink said previously, “We determine who gets admitted to the hospital, who can go home, and have the opportunity to interface with all types of providers and caregivers. In the future we need to take advantage of this position to improve the efficiency and quality of emergency care, but also to develop sensible ways to reduce avoidable hospital admissions, coordinate care with community physicians, medical homes, and skilled nursing facilities, and manage chronic diseases better.”

"The reliance on emergency care remains stronger than ever," said Michael Gerardi, MD, FAAP, FACEP, president of the ACEP.  "It's the only place that's open 24/7, and we never turn anyone away.  Rather than trying to put a moat around us to keep people out, it's time to recognize the incredible value of this model of medicine that people need."

Nationally Stats

The Northeast has a tendency to have among the longest waiting times on average at 44.3 minutes and the West Coast is significantly lower average at 37.2 minutes.

Nationally the number are:

    •    Number of visits: 136.3 million
    •    Number of injury-related visits: 40.2 million
    •    Number of visits per 100 persons: 44.5
    •    Percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes: 27.0%
    •    Percent of visits resulting in hospital admission: 11.9%
    •    Percent of visits resulting in transfer to a different (psychiatric or other) hospital: 2.1%

The American Hospital Association reports that emergency room visits have increased by nearly 19 percent over the past decade.

GoLocal used the data prepared by Pro Publica.

 

Related Slideshow: Waiting Times at Rhode Island Emergency Rooms - 2015

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Rhode Island Hospital 

593 Eddy Street, Providence

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 73 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes 

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 232 Minutes

- National Average: 135 Minutes 

- RI Average: 146 Minutes 

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 37 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes 

- RI Average: 51 Minutes 

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 138 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes 

- RI Average: 112 Minutes 

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#10

Miriam Hospital 

164 Summit Avenue, Providence 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 51 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 203 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 66 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 120 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#9

Newport Hospital 

Friendship Street, Newport 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 43 minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 147 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 48 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 97 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island 

111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 38 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 182 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 66 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 120 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#7

Woman & Infants Hospital 

101 Dudley Street, Providence 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 30 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 168 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: N/A

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 44 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#6

Westerly Hospital

25 Wells Street, Westerly 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 30 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 131 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 36 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 95 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#4

Kent Country Memorial Hospital 

455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 28 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 139 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 46 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time:  143 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#4

Landmark Medical Center

115 Cass Ave, Woonsocket

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 28 Minutes

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 106 Minutes

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 54 Minutes

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 80 Minutes

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#3

St. Joseph Health Services 

200 High Service Avenue, North Providence 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 23 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 163 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 79 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 128 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#2

Roger Williams Medical Center 

825 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 20 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 159 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 68 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 135 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

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#1

South County Hospital 

100 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield 

Waiting Time: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor

- Average Time: 16 Minutes 

- National Average: 24 Minutes

- RI Average: 31 Minutes

Time Until Sent Home: Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home

- Average Time: 154 Minutes 

- National Average: 135 Minutes

- RI Average: 146 Minutes

Broken Bone: Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds

- Average Time: 54 Minutes 

- National Average: 54 Minutes

- RI Average: 51 Minutes

Transfer Time: Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room

- Average Time: 119 Minutes 

- National Average: 96 Minutes

- RI Average: 112 Minutes

 
 

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