Rising usage combined with a drop in the total number of facilities are just two indicators of more trouble ahead for emergency rooms nationwide, according to a study released earlier this year by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Citing rampant overcrowding and a rapidly evolving health care field as two contributors to the low rankings given by the report to nearly all 50 states, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that emergency care in Pennsylvania is in a “near-continuous state of crisis.”
The state earned a C+ grade, and yet it is still at the top of the national list in sixth for quality of emergency care, according to the study.
While the report dealt with emergency care on a state-by-state basis, an app from ProPublica might offer a glimpse at how local ERs are dealing with the increased stress.
The ER Wait Watcher allows you to calculate how long you can expect to wait at area hospitals using the average reported wait-time and factors in traffic information to show you where you might be seen the fastest.
Memorial Hospital reported an average wait-time of 33 minutes, according to the app. York Hospital reported an average wait-time of one hour and eight minutes.
The average national wait-time is 28 minutes. The average wait-time in Pennsylvania matches the national average, ProPublica reported.
Have you visited the ER at Memorial or York Hospitals? How long did you wait for treatment? What was your experience at the hospital?