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
25
Time Until Sent Home
139
Broken Bone
53
Transfer Time
119
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
77
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
69
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
171
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
109
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
165
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
135
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
43
Transfer Time
82
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
149
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
143
Waiting Time
52
Time Until Sent Home
212
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
237
Waiting Time
33
Time Until Sent Home
174
Broken Bone
72
Transfer Time
167
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
153
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
118
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
100
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
122
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
112
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
60
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
76
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
91
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
124
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
78
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
110
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
55
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
136
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
79
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
87
Waiting Time
38
Time Until Sent Home
167
Broken Bone
52
Transfer Time
128
Waiting Time
53
Time Until Sent Home
207
Broken Bone
61
Transfer Time
139
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
134
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
106
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
134
Broken Bone
49
Transfer Time
100
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
105
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
67
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
47
Transfer Time
79
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
113
Broken Bone
60
Transfer Time
64
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
115
Broken Bone
45
Transfer Time
82
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
153
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
96
Waiting Time
18
Time Until Sent Home
111
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
75
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
122
Broken Bone
42
Transfer Time
74
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
151
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
106
Waiting Time
27
Time Until Sent Home
155
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
150
Waiting Time
24
Time Until Sent Home
152
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
98
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
151
Broken Bone
46
Transfer Time
161
Waiting Time
21
Time Until Sent Home
164
Broken Bone
58
Transfer Time
158
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
130
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
87
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
111
Broken Bone
51
Transfer Time
64
Waiting Time
28
Time Until Sent Home
146
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
82
Waiting Time
23
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
101
Waiting Time
45
Time Until Sent Home
316
Broken Bone
80
Transfer Time
181
Waiting Time
30
Time Until Sent Home
148
Broken Bone
56
Transfer Time
124
Waiting Time
30
Time Until Sent Home
145
Broken Bone
54
Transfer Time
91
Waiting Time
15
Time Until Sent Home
110
Broken Bone
43
Transfer Time
46
Waiting Time
19
Time Until Sent Home
137
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
82
Waiting Time
20
Time Until Sent Home
134
Broken Bone
50
Transfer Time
99
Waiting Time
14
Time Until Sent Home
128
Broken Bone
41
Transfer Time
62
Waiting Time
22
Time Until Sent Home
151
Broken Bone
41
Transfer Time
91
Waiting Time
26
Time Until Sent Home
159
Broken Bone
57
Transfer Time
125
Waiting Time
17
Time Until Sent Home
123
Broken Bone
38
Transfer Time
58
Waiting Time
25
Time Until Sent Home
142
Broken Bone
62
Transfer Time
74
Waiting Time
16
Time Until Sent Home
117
Broken Bone
44
Transfer Time
65

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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 Dec. 18, 2016. Most data was collected between April 2015 and March 2016.
Icons from The Noun Project.