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ER Wait Watcher

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HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER

(206) 731-3000

325 9th avenue
seattle, WA 98104

Hospital Type

Acute Care Hospitals

Hospital Owner

Government - Local

22%

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend"
this Hospital (Washington Avg: 23%)

See this hospital's CMS profile page or inspection reports.

22

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend" this Hospital (Washington Avg: 23)

See this hospital's CMS profile page or inspection reports.

Patient Pathways Through This ER

After a patient arrives at the emergency room, they are typically seen by a doctor and then either sent home or admitted to the hospital and taken to a room. A small percentage of patients leave without being seen at all. The chart below shows on average how long each of these pathways take. Lower numbers are better, and all times refer to the average length of time people waited. Find out more »

Arrives at ER
5% of patients leave without being seen
27min Seen by doctor
6hrs 42min Admitted to hospital
10hrs 31min

Taken to room

3hrs 42min Sent home

All wait times are average.

Detailed Quality Measures

Here is a more in depth look at each quality measure, compared to state and national averages. Experts caution that very small differences between hospitals for a given measure are unlikely to correspond to noticeable differences in the real world.

 
Measure
Average for this Hospital
How this Hospital Compares
All Patients

Waiting Time

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor.

27min
National Avg.
26 min
Wash. Avg.
22min
This Hospital
27min
Discharged Patients

Time Until Sent Home

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home.

3hrs 42min
National Avg.
2hrs 14min
Wash. Avg.
2hrs 15min
This Hospital
3hrs 42min
Impatient Patients

Left Without
Being Seen

Percentage of patients who left the emergency room without being seen by a doctor.

5%
Avg. U.S. Hospital
1%
Avg. Wash. Hospital
2%
This Hospital
5%
Admitted Patients

Time Before Admission

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being admitted to the hospital.

6hrs 42min

Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

National Avg.
4 hr 34 min
Wash. Avg.
4hrs 19min
This Hospital
6hrs 42min
Admitted Patients

Transfer Time

Among patients admitted, additional time they spent waiting before being taken to their room (sometimes referred to as "boarding time.")

3hrs 49min

Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

National Avg.
1hr 38min
Wash. Avg.
1hr 36min
This Hospital
3hrs 49min
Special Patients

Broken Bone

Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds.

1hr 1min
National Avg.
57min
Wash. Avg.
52min
This Hospital
1hr 1min
Special Patients

CT Scan

Percentage of patients who arrived with stroke symptoms and did not receive brain scan results within 45 mins.

No Data Available

Results are based on a shorter time period than required., 7

National Avg.
57%
Wash. Avg.
37%
This Hospital
No Data Available

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, last updated Aug. 20 2014. All data was collected between Oct. 2012 and Sept. 2013.
Icons from The Noun Project: Jeremy J Bristol, Alexey Ivanov, Lemon Liu, Sebastian Langer, Rémy Médard, Christopher T. Howlett, Christelle Mozzati

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