Median wait time in Emergency Department: From the time patients with a broken arm or leg check into the emergency department, to the time they are given pain medication

From the time patients with a broken arm or leg check into the emergency department, to the time they are given pain medication

 

Why is this measure important?

Broken bones can be very painful and pain medication can make the patient more comfortable and reduce their stress.

 Reducing the time patients wait for pain medication can improve their comfort.

What does this measure show?

 This measure shows the median number of minutes Emergency Department patients (2 years and older) with a broken arm or leg wait before they are given pain medication.

 
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 63
National Average 59
State Average 53
Performance Trend (Number)
  2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 64 65 63
National Average 60 60 59
State Average 54 54 53
Source:Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, www.cms.gov
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