Report: Average ED Visit Lasts Longer Than Four Hours
The average emergency department visit lasted four hours and seven minutes in 2009 -- marking a four minute increase over 2008 and a 31-minute increase over 2002, according to a report from Press Ganey. The survey analyzed the experiences of more than 1.5 million patients treated at 1,893 EDs nationwide in 2009. According to Press Ganey, patient satisfaction remained stable in 2009, following a five-year upward trend.
- "Wait Times in Emergency Departments Surge" (Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 7/22).