Despite an increase in the number of emergency rooms across the country, there still is overcrowding in medical emergency rooms in America. It is rare to find an emergency room in America empty. If anything, the average waiting time in emergency rooms has only become worse. People are waiting in emergency rooms for as long as two hours before they can see a physician. This is a worrying trend which needs to be addressed.
Unless you have endured the agony of waiting in line to receive emergency services, you will never quite understand how inconveniencing it is. If you have endured the pain, I am sure you were asking yourself why they made you wait for that long in line before serving you. Is it that your medical condition is not as serious? Are the emergency room staff members incompetent and negligent? Why do emergency rooms make you wait?
Well, there are a number of reasons why emergency rooms make you wait to receive medical care in their offices. Some of the reasons are out of the control of the physicians while some are manageable. Here are the top 5 reasons why emergency rooms make you wait;
Your medical condition
Emergency departments are places that have throngs of people coming in by ambulance, by private cars, 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. This is actually one of the reasons why the emergency rooms make you to wait in line before you can see a physician.
The hour you choose to visit the facility
The hour you choose to go to the emergency room will also play a very vital role in determining whether you will receive a speedy service or will have to wait in line. 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 30 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.
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.
The nature of facilities available
The other factor that will affect the amount of time required before you can receive the required treatment, is the nature of the available facilities and resources in the emergency room. The availability of resources and facilities or lack thereof will have a direct impact not just on the amount of time taken for you to receive a service but the nature of service you are bound to receive. This is why you need to opt for a well-equipped facility at all times to increase your chances of receiving quality urgent medical care always.
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.