Sunday, July 29, 2007

Report: Average patient spends 4 hours in ED

Source: AHA News Now (
Date: June 28, 2007

The average time spent in emergency departments rose in 2006, but so did patient satisfaction, according to a new report by Press Ganey Associates. Based on the firm's patient surveys in 1,500 hospitals, patients spent an average of 4 hours in the ED, 18 minutes more than in 2005. The more patients an ED saw over the year, the longer the average visit, which increased by 30 minutes for every additional 10,000 patients annually. Patient satisfaction dropped as time in the ED increased, with the lowest satisfaction reported from 3-11 p.m. and highest from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

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