Study: Average ED wait is up 36%

January 2008
AHA News;1/21/2008, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p2
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The article discusses the results of a study published online by Health Affairs in 2008 regarding emergency department (ED) waiting times. The study analyzed 90,000 visits to the ED by adults from 1997-2004 and reports that in 2004, patients waited an average of 30 minutes to see a physician, which is eight minutes longer than in 1997. Also, it reported that heart attack patients waited about 20 minutes to see an ED physician which is 12 minutes longer than in 1997.


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