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ER Wait Watcher

Heading to the emergency room? You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Use this tool to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google. Find out more »

This app displays only average wait times. For a current wait time, call the hospital. If you are having a heart attack or life-threatening emergency, call 911.

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State-by-State Waiting Times

For each state, we chart the time, on average, that patients wait in emergency rooms before one of four outcomes: they see a doctor, they get sent home, they’re given pain medications for a broken bone, or they are admitted to the hospital. For each measure, lower numbers are better. Experts caution that very small differences between hospitals for a given measure are unlikely to correspond to noticeable differences in the real world.

  • State

  • Waiting Time

    Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor
  • Time Until Sent Home

    Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home
  • Broken Bone

    Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds
  • Transfer Time

    Among patients admitted, additional time spent waiting before being taken to their room
Nat Avg.
Waiting Time
28 min
Time Until Sent Home
138 min
Broken Bone
60 min
Transfer Time
97 min
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
131
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
110
Waiting Time
36
Time Until Sent Home
140
Broken Bone
70
Transfer Time
72
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
124
Broken Bone
66
Transfer Time
70
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
157
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
97
Waiting Time
30
Time Until Sent Home
172
Broken Bone
63
Transfer Time
123
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
46
Transfer Time
97
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
143
Waiting Time
46
Time Until Sent Home
182
Broken Bone
82
Transfer Time
215
Waiting Time
45
Time Until Sent Home
156
Broken Bone
75
Transfer Time
193
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
150
Broken Bone
64
Transfer Time
114
Waiting Time
33
Time Until Sent Home
143
Broken Bone
66
Transfer Time
99
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
120
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
108
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
55
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
126
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
79
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
90
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
127
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
81
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
106
Broken Bone
48
Transfer Time
58
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
126
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
76
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
126
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
86
Waiting Time
37
Time Until Sent Home
154
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
117
N/A
N/A
N/A
Transfer Time
144
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
121
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
110
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
125
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
104
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
124
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
60
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
138
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
79
Waiting Time
32
Time Until Sent Home
117
Broken Bone
69
Transfer Time
61
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
127
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
72
Waiting Time
38
Time Until Sent Home
155
Broken Bone
68
Transfer Time
110
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
114
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
62
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
115
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
76
Waiting Time
33
Time Until Sent Home
147
Broken Bone
64
Transfer Time
109
Waiting Time
33
Time Until Sent Home
147
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
148
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
108
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
154
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
162
Waiting Time
37
Time Until Sent Home
155
Broken Bone
63
Transfer Time
151
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
131
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
89
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
110
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
64
Waiting Time
30
Time Until Sent Home
134
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
81
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
128
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
101
N/A
N/A
N/A
Transfer Time
190
Waiting Time
40
Time Until Sent Home
159
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
116
Waiting Time
32
Time Until Sent Home
136
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
93
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
116
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
39
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
133
Broken Bone
64
Transfer Time
80
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
133
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
98
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
43
Transfer Time
66
Waiting Time
35
Time Until Sent Home
163
Broken Bone
61
Transfer Time
97
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
136
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
120
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
119
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
65
Waiting Time
33
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
69
Transfer Time
79
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
115
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
70

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Notes: "Average time" refers to the median waiting time (the midpoint of all patients' waiting times). References to "doctor" indicate a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. CMS reports the CT scan quality measure as the percentage of patients who received a scan within 45 minutes. We have reversed that measure so that all measures follow a "lower is better" pattern.


Sources
Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The last data update was December 12, 2013. All data was collected between April 2012 and April 2013, except for the "Left Without Being Seen" measure, which was collected between January and July 2012.
Icons from The Noun Project: Jeremy J Bristol, Alexey Ivanov, Lemon Liu, Sebastian Langer, Rémy Médard, Christopher T. Howlett, Christelle Mozzati