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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
24 min
Time Until Sent Home
133 min
Broken Bone
55 min
Transfer Time
97 min
Massachusetts Avg.
Waiting Time
35 min
Time Until Sent Home
159 min
Broken Bone
57 min
Transfer Time
120 min
Waiting Time
78
Time Until Sent Home
174
Broken Bone
73
Transfer Time
87
Waiting Time
41
Time Until Sent Home
139
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
114
Waiting Time
35
Time Until Sent Home
157
Broken Bone
76
Transfer Time
190
Waiting Time
58
Time Until Sent Home
184
Broken Bone
82
Transfer Time
155
Waiting Time
79
Time Until Sent Home
253
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
172
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
166
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
142
Waiting Time
65
Time Until Sent Home
169
Broken Bone
65
Transfer Time
194
Waiting Time
59
Time Until Sent Home
132
Broken Bone
72
Transfer Time
50
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
156
Broken Bone
48
Transfer Time
125
Waiting Time
30
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
37
Transfer Time
112
Waiting Time
57
Time Until Sent Home
156
Broken Bone
78
Transfer Time
172
Waiting Time
48
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
77
Waiting Time
74
Time Until Sent Home
132
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
92
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
63
Transfer Time
105
Waiting Time
64
Time Until Sent Home
136
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
170
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
134
Broken Bone
76
Transfer Time
88
Waiting Time
41
Time Until Sent Home
178
Broken Bone
70
Transfer Time
95
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
5
Time Until Sent Home
100
Broken Bone
31
Transfer Time
78
Waiting Time
62
Time Until Sent Home
162
Broken Bone
64
Transfer Time
95
Waiting Time
50
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
67
Transfer Time
119
Waiting Time
43
Time Until Sent Home
124
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
101
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
110
Broken Bone
73
Transfer Time
56
Waiting Time
43
Time Until Sent Home
154
Broken Bone
64
Transfer Time
147
Waiting Time
38
Time Until Sent Home
166
Broken Bone
63
Transfer Time
176
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
100
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
64
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
169
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
191
Waiting Time
9
Time Until Sent Home
108
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
96
Waiting Time
11
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
164
Waiting Time
61
Time Until Sent Home
150
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
184
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
171
Broken Bone
72
Transfer Time
139
Waiting Time
9
Time Until Sent Home
205
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
183
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
63
Transfer Time
100
Waiting Time
42
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
106
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
150
Broken Bone
39
Transfer Time
114
Waiting Time
43
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
133
Waiting Time
37
Time Until Sent Home
248
Broken Bone
79
Transfer Time
140
Waiting Time
40
Time Until Sent Home
202
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
127
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
116
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
53
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
109
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
45
Waiting Time
35
Time Until Sent Home
150
Broken Bone
68
Transfer Time
122
Waiting Time
42
Time Until Sent Home
188
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
352
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
158
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
120
Waiting Time
36
Time Until Sent Home
164
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
103
Waiting Time
40
Time Until Sent Home
157
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
77
Waiting Time
67
Time Until Sent Home
228
Broken Bone
82
Transfer Time
118
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
192
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
123
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
110
Broken Bone
48
Transfer Time
50
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
156
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
88
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
43
Time Until Sent Home
146
Broken Bone
80
Transfer Time
96
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
62
Waiting Time
N/A
Time Until Sent Home
N/A
Broken Bone
N/A
Transfer Time
N/A
Waiting Time
33
Time Until Sent Home
168
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
137
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
105
Broken Bone
77
Transfer Time
210
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
23
Time Until Sent Home
143
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
127
Waiting Time
34
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
25
Transfer Time
177
Waiting Time
78
Time Until Sent Home
193
Broken Bone
91
Transfer Time
137
Waiting Time
50
Time Until Sent Home
169
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
220
Waiting Time
64
Time Until Sent Home
210
Broken Bone
100
Transfer Time
107
Waiting Time
77
Time Until Sent Home
176
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
160
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
151
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
104

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 Dec. 17 2014. All data was collected between April. 2013 and March 2014.
Icons from The Noun Project: Jeremy J Bristol, Alexey Ivanov, Lemon Liu, Sebastian Langer, Rémy Médard, Christopher T. Howlett, Christelle Mozzati