There is nothing we dread more than waiting in line. Whether we are at the store or are waiting in line to see a doctor, it is always very unnerving and pretty annoying when we have to wait for too long to receive a service. Waiting in line for too long to receive a service is bad enough but it is potentially life-threatening when that service is coming in an emergency room.
Imagine yourself in a situation where you are supposed to receive urgent medical care but there are too many patients in line waiting to receive medical care which is just as urgent as yours. Imagine yourself in that situation and think about the feeling of desperation. It is on the same line of thought that I decided to take a look at the average time spent in an emergency room in Houston before finally getting treatment. I took my time out and did a little research and came up with the following facts concerning emergency rooms in the Houston area and the average waiting times.
First of all, it is important to note that there are very many factors that come into play when it comes to determining the amount of time you are likely to wait in a Houston area emergency room. Here are some of the factors that will determine the amount of time you will wait in line before receiving treatment;
1. Visiting Hours
The best hours to visit an emergency room for far less urgent medical conditions according to a recent study, are between 6 am and noon. During these hours, most hospitals don’t have as many patients waiting in line and you are guaranteed to get quality medical care. During these morning hours, the average waiting time is close to 20 minutes.
The worst hours to visit the ER are from 2 pm to midnight. These are the times that most emergency rooms receive the highest number of visitors and you will therefore have to wait a little longer in line before you can be attended to. Sometimes, the emergency rooms are so full that you have to wait for close to an hour before you can be attended to. After weekends and public holidays especially, people flock the emergency rooms with headaches and results of too much fun and partying.
2. Your medical condition
Emergency departments are places that have waves of people coming in by ambulance, by private car, on foot, and, in some cases, by helicopter. These people have all kinds of problems with all levels of severity. The severity of your medical condition will therefore have an effect on the priority you will get from the doctors in the emergency room. Using triage, the doctors are able to assign priorities to medical emergencies depending on the urgency of the condition.
In America, priority is given to more serious and life threatening conditions like trauma and heart attacks. When people are in such conditions, the facility always strives to ensure that they attend to them first before they can think about the other conditions like headaches and sneezing. This does not mean that the other ailments are not treated with seriousness, no, every patient has a right to be treated but following triage, you will have to bear with a little waiting in line if your condition is not as severe.
3. Ratio of doctors to patients
The other thing that will affect the amount of time that you will have to wait before receiving medical attention in an emergency room, is the ratio of medical practitioners to the number of patients. In most emergency rooms, the number of patients overwhelms the number of doctors. This means that the patients have to wait for longer before seeing the doctor.
Having said this, it is important to note that Bellaire Emergency Room has more than sufficient numbers of doctors and medical practitioners to warrant a quick and quality medical service delivery. Our doctors are ever present at work and will attend to you in the shortest time possible. This is why the average waiting time in line for our emergency room is always below twenty minutes.
The other factor that will affect the amount of time required before you can receive the required treatment, is the availability of facilities and resources in the emergency room. Lack of resources and facilities means that the doctors and medical practitioners will have to call other facilities to finish on your treatment.
At Bellaire, we are well equipped. Our facilities are first class and have each and every medical equipment needed to help us deliver the medical service you need. Our staff members are well trained and will attend to you in the shortest time possible. If you don’t want to spend all your time waiting in line, then always call or visit Bellaire Emergency Room whenever you are in an emergency.