Median time spent in Emergency Department for patients admitted to the hosptial:

From the time the patient checks into the Emergency Department, to the time the patient leaves the Emergency Department for an inpatient bed


Why is this measure important?

Patients sometimes need more care than the Emergency Department can give. These patients are admitted to the hospital as inpatients and moved to a different unit where they can get inpatient care.
Reducing the time patients spend in the Emergency Department before moving to an inpatient bed can improve their comfort and provide faster access to care.

What does this measure show?

This measure shows the median number of minutes patients spend in the Emergency Department before they are transferred to an inpatient bed.
Definition of median: This is the half-way point in the data. One-half of patients spent less than this time, and one-half spent longer.
For this measure, a lower number is better.
Most Recent Available Data (Number)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 371
National Average 275
State Average 261
Performance Trend (Number)
  2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 390 380 371
National Average 274 273 275
State Average 260 261 261
Source:Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
CMS_678_ ED to admit avg time