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ER Wait Watcher

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Massachusetts Waiting Times

For each hospital in Massachusetts, 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
26 min
Time Until Sent Home
134 min
Broken Bone
57 min
Transfer Time
98 min
Massachusetts Avg.
Waiting Time
36 min
Time Until Sent Home
156 min
Broken Bone
59 min
Transfer Time
119 min
Waiting Time
46
Time Until Sent Home
153
Broken Bone
79
Transfer Time
153
Waiting Time
65
Time Until Sent Home
167
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
150
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
164
Broken Bone
71
Transfer Time
141
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
128
Broken Bone
76
Transfer Time
96
Waiting Time
65
Time Until Sent Home
168
Broken Bone
73
Transfer Time
92
Waiting Time
48
Time Until Sent Home
159
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
127
Waiting Time
75
Time Until Sent Home
138
Broken Bone
61
Transfer Time
175
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
28
Transfer Time
175
Waiting Time
42
Time Until Sent Home
161
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
160
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
32
Time Until Sent Home
128
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
69
Waiting Time
47
Time Until Sent Home
147
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
150
Waiting Time
42
Time Until Sent Home
135
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
98
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
110
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
40
Waiting Time
44
Time Until Sent Home
186
Broken Bone
72
Transfer Time
178
Waiting Time
36
Time Until Sent Home
102
Broken Bone
69
Transfer Time
55
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
90
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
65
Waiting Time
4
Time Until Sent Home
99
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
80
Waiting Time
61
Time Until Sent Home
167
Broken Bone
76
Transfer Time
100
Waiting Time
42
Time Until Sent Home
178
Broken Bone
76
Transfer Time
203
Waiting Time
10
Time Until Sent Home
129
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
172
Waiting Time
50
Time Until Sent Home
173
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
80
Waiting Time
44
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
77
Transfer Time
132
Waiting Time
60
Time Until Sent Home
186
Broken Bone
66
Transfer Time
147
Waiting Time
42
Time Until Sent Home
242
Broken Bone
79
Transfer Time
138
Waiting Time
54
Time Until Sent Home
154
Broken Bone
76
Transfer Time
185
Waiting Time
47
Time Until Sent Home
212
Broken Bone
69
Transfer Time
132
Waiting Time
46
Time Until Sent Home
133
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
113
Waiting Time
32
Time Until Sent Home
150
Broken Bone
68
Transfer Time
105
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
107
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
48
Waiting Time
9
Time Until Sent Home
210
Broken Bone
67
Transfer Time
184
Waiting Time
91
Time Until Sent Home
252
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
163
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
104
Waiting Time
79
Time Until Sent Home
192
Broken Bone
82
Transfer Time
136
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
120
Broken Bone
43
Transfer Time
52
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
154
Broken Bone
67
Transfer Time
116
Waiting Time
70
Time Until Sent Home
169
Broken Bone
66
Transfer Time
140
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
44
Time Until Sent Home
179
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
111
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
104
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
44
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
73
Waiting Time
33
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
37
Transfer Time
115
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
149
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
123
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
159
Broken Bone
63
Transfer Time
150
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
146
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
113
Waiting Time
13
Time Until Sent Home
100
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
94
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
78
Transfer Time
173
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
42
Time Until Sent Home
182
Broken Bone
63
Transfer Time
327
Waiting Time
73
Time Until Sent Home
123
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
66
Transfer Time
75
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
97
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
50
Time Until Sent Home
139
Broken Bone
65
Transfer Time
100
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
172
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
148
Waiting Time
45
Time Until Sent Home
160
Broken Bone
78
Transfer Time
58
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
180
Broken Bone
43
Transfer Time
108
Waiting Time
66
Time Until Sent Home
212
Broken Bone
77
Transfer Time
119
Waiting Time
34
Time Until Sent Home
164
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
148
Waiting Time
32
Time Until Sent Home
162
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
86
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
120
Broken Bone
77
Transfer Time
217
Waiting Time
45
Time Until Sent Home
179
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
180
Waiting Time
47
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
70
Transfer Time
84
Waiting Time
66
Time Until Sent Home
226
Broken Bone
113
Transfer Time
97

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