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
21
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
121
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
126
Broken Bone
59
Transfer Time
80
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
121
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
75
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
168
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
101
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
162
Broken Bone
55
Transfer Time
147
Waiting Time
10
Time Until Sent Home
125
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
80
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
152
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
154
Waiting Time
39
Time Until Sent Home
208
Broken Bone
70
Transfer Time
258
Waiting Time
34
Time Until Sent Home
165
Broken Bone
61
Transfer Time
148
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
149
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
117
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
139
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
105
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
124
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
136
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
112
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
61
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
125
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
67
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
147
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
93
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
124
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
84
Waiting Time
16
Time Until Sent Home
115
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
59
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
141
Broken Bone
46
Transfer Time
82
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
123
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
97
Waiting Time
32
Time Until Sent Home
170
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
135
Waiting Time
43
Time Until Sent Home
202
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
147
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
134
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
102
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
143
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
99
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
105
Broken Bone
41
Transfer Time
72
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
141
Broken Bone
46
Transfer Time
86
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
115
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
66
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
116
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
70
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
155
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
106
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
100
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
72
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
109
Broken Bone
41
Transfer Time
70
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
144
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
120
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
156
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
146
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
155
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
110
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
152
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
137
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
167
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
156
Waiting Time
16
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
85
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
108
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
67
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
90
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
141
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
112
Waiting Time
46
Time Until Sent Home
237
Broken Bone
81
Transfer Time
185
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
158
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
134
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
90
Waiting Time
13
Time Until Sent Home
112
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
46
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
139
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
82
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
138
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
100
Waiting Time
11
Time Until Sent Home
127
Broken Bone
40
Transfer Time
66
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
91
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
168
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
114
Waiting Time
16
Time Until Sent Home
126
Broken Bone
35
Transfer Time
61
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
140
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
73
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
111
Broken Bone
39
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 December 2018. Most data was collected between January 2017 and January 2018.
Icons from The Noun Project.