ER Wait Watcher

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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.

Important Note on Hospital Location

Our location data comes from Google Maps. If you think a hospital is missing or in the wrong place, let us know.

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
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
140
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
122
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
129
Broken Bone
61
Transfer Time
81
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
73
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
168
Broken Bone
48
Transfer Time
104
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
161
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
141
Waiting Time
13
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
41
Transfer Time
83
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
152
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
149
Waiting Time
38
Time Until Sent Home
209
Broken Bone
66
Transfer Time
264
Waiting Time
36
Time Until Sent Home
165
Broken Bone
69
Transfer Time
160
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
152
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
114
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
141
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
105
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
125
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
109
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
61
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
119
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
71
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
144
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
94
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
85
Waiting Time
16
Time Until Sent Home
108
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
58
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
140
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
81
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
93
Waiting Time
34
Time Until Sent Home
170
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
132
Waiting Time
53
Time Until Sent Home
218
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
147
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
104
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
140
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
100
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
104
Broken Bone
41
Transfer Time
69
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
48
Transfer Time
83
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
115
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
66
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
113
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
73
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
153
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
110
Waiting Time
16
Time Until Sent Home
100
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
74
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
113
Broken Bone
40
Transfer Time
77
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
110
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
155
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
144
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
151
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
106
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
150
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
151
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
162
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
158
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
85
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
109
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
66
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
151
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
87
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
106
Waiting Time
44
Time Until Sent Home
278
Broken Bone
76
Transfer Time
204
Waiting Time
30
Time Until Sent Home
158
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
135
Waiting Time
29
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
89
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
109
Broken Bone
41
Transfer Time
48
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
132
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
81
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
134
Broken Bone
46
Transfer Time
102
Waiting Time
13
Time Until Sent Home
127
Broken Bone
39
Transfer Time
65
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
39
Transfer Time
91
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
119
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
124
Broken Bone
37
Transfer Time
59
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
135
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
74
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
114
Broken Bone
40
Transfer Time
60

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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, last updated February 2018. Most data was collected between April 2016 and April 2017.
Icons from The Noun Project.