ER Wait Watcher MEDSTAR GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

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ER Wait Watcher

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MEDSTAR GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

(202) 784-3000

3800 reservoir rd
washington, DC 20007

Hospital Type

Acute Care Hospitals

Hospital Owner

Voluntary non-profit - Private

Emergency Dept. Volume

medium (20,000 - 39,999 patients a year)

77%

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend" this Hospital
(D.C. Avg: 61%)

See this hospital's CMS profile page or inspection reports.

77%

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend" this Hospital
(Dist. of Columbia Avg: 61%)

See this hospital's CMS profile page or inspection reports.

Patient Pathways Through This ER

After a patient arrives at the emergency room, they are typically seen by a doctor and then either sent home or admitted to the hospital and taken to a room. A small percentage of patients leave without being seen at all. The chart below shows on average how long each of these pathways take. Lower numbers are better, and all times refer to the average length of time people waited. Find out more »

Arrives at ER
2% of patients leave without being seen
38min Seen by doctor
8hrs 22min Admitted to hospital
12hrs 31min

Taken to room

3hrs 36min Sent home

All wait times are average.

Detailed Quality Measures

Here is a more in depth look at each quality measure, compared to state and national averages for hospitals with medium volumes. Experts caution that very small differences between hospitals for a given measure are unlikely to correspond to noticeable differences in the real world.

 
Measure
Average for this Hospital
How this Hospital Compares

(to other hospitals with similar emergency-department volumes, when available)

All Patients

Waiting Time

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor.

38min
National Avg.
20min
D.C. Avg.
28min
This Hospital
38min
Discharged Patients

Time Until Sent Home

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home.

3hrs 36min
National Avg.
2hrs 22min
D.C. Avg.
3hrs 12min
This Hospital
3hrs 36min
Impatient Patients

Left Without
Being Seen

Percentage of patients who left the emergency room without being seen by a doctor.

2%
Avg. U.S. Hospital
2%
Avg. D.C. Hospital
2%
This Hospital
2%
Admitted Patients

Time Before Admission

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being admitted to the hospital.

8hrs 22min

Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

National Avg.
4hrs 21min
D.C. Avg.
7hrs 18min
This Hospital
8hrs 22min
Admitted Patients

Transfer Time

Among patients admitted, additional time they spent waiting before being taken to their room (sometimes referred to as "boarding time.")

4hrs 9min

Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

National Avg.
1hr 32min
D.C. Avg.
3hrs 25min
This Hospital
4hrs 9min
Special Patients

Broken Bone

Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds.

1hr 23min
National Avg.
49min
D.C. Avg.
1hr 23min
This Hospital
1hr 23min
Special Patients

CT Scan

Percentage of patients who arrived with stroke symptoms and did not receive brain scan results within 45 mins.

No Data Available

The number of cases/patients is too few to report. Results are based on a shorter time period than required.

National Avg.
73%
D.C. Avg.
66%
This Hospital
No Data Available

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 March 2019. Most data was collected between April 2017 and April 2018.

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