One thousand, one hundred and fifteen minutes.
That’s 18.5 hours.
It’s not much time in the grand scheme of things. But it’s a very long time for a person who arrives in an ER to have to wait before being sent home.
The 1,115-minute figure is reported on a public federal website as the average time an emergency room patient waits at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville before being sent home. The national average is just 140 minutes.
Archbold is also reported to have an average wait time for an emergency department patient to see a health care professional as 1,022 minutes. The national average is 30 minutes.
These figures on Archbold are alarming. But perhaps more alarming is that they are in error.
As first reported by HealthLeaders Media’s Cheryl Clark, there are grossly inflated — and incorrect — numbers about several Georgia hospitals’ emergency room care on Hospital Compare, a website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a tool to help consumers pick a hospital.
Georgia Hospital Association admits responsibility for the error, saying the arrival times of the ER patients were wrongly coded.
But CMS officials told GHN on Tuesday that they’re not changing the numbers. full story