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What does the ER wait time on my local hospital's website mean?

Emergency room (ER) wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

The ER wait time represents the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional, defined as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistant (PA) or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).

ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes, and is defined as the time of the person's arrival until the time he or she is greeted by a qualified medical professional. People are triaged at arrival and are then seen by a qualified medical professional in priority order based on their presenting complaint and reason for visit.
The emergency room (ER) wait time on your local hospital’s website is a rolling four-hour time average from when a patient walks into the ER to the time he or she is seen by a provider.

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