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ER Wait Watcher

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.
ER Wait Watcher » Dist. of Columbia

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Dist. of Columbia Waiting Times

For each hospital in Dist. of Columbia, 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. Find out more »

  • Hospital

  • 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
National Avg.
Waiting Time
28 min
Time Until Sent Home
138 min
Broken Bone
60 min
Transfer Time
97 min
Dist. of Columbia Avg.
Waiting Time
48 min
Time Until Sent Home
180 min
Broken Bone
81 min
Transfer Time
221 min
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
74
Time Until Sent Home
219
Broken Bone
94
Transfer Time
273
Waiting Time
104
Time Until Sent Home
212
Broken Bone
112
Transfer Time
160
Waiting Time
95
Time Until Sent Home
163
Broken Bone
121
Transfer Time
240
Waiting Time
46
Time Until Sent Home
218
Broken Bone
80
Transfer Time
250
Waiting Time
34
Time Until Sent Home
165
Broken Bone
64
Transfer Time
138
Waiting Time
77
Time Until Sent Home
294
Broken Bone
102
Transfer Time
307
Waiting Time
12
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
36
Transfer Time
115

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