What's the longest er wait time you have Even seen - page 3

by Trekfan

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One big hospital here has been packed many times this is the one I waited 23 hours in the er for a room once . I was told at that time they had a 20 hour wait that day ! I was sick last week and went back to this same one and... Read More


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    Quote from MADDOG70
    im an ER nurse and I have to say that most primary care doctors send their patients to the ER to be seen so that they dont get sued and because some are just plain lazy. They would rather the ER Dr do the assessment and work up then themselves. They can easily direct admit the patient but that would take them to make a call and call in orders instead of having the ER Dr write orders. This is just part of the problem in the ER. The other reasons are illegal immigration, no insurance, the economy etc etc. Society: A society of instant gratification, high importance and somebody do it for me: We are seeing more and more people wanting to be taken care of instantly like its a drive thru at a fast food place and thinking they are more important than the Stroking gramma or 47 yr old acute MI. They want to be taken care of now and not have to wait to see a Dr in the office tomorrow or take care of themselves at home first. The other thing about society is lawsuit crazy! ER Drs are so afraid of missing something and getting sued they order unnecessary tests and clog the ERs for many hours. Long gone is the Dr. that will go by pure instinct and education and risk being sued and not order every test under the sun. No insurance: greater number of people in this country are out of work and have no insurance therefore they go to the ER instead of a Dr office where they will have to pay up front for the bill instead of getting billed later from the ER. Illegal immigration: No health insurance, no Dr., communication barriers (waiting on translators), ignorant (lack of education)to the fact that what they are complaining of isnt really an Emergency. Unable to afford a Dr visit or dont know where to go except ER's . Fevers and vomiting babies can be managed at home for at least 2-3 days before needing a Dr. Lack of education plays a role in all scenariosEconomy: again, loss of health insurance and if you are lucky enough to have insurance you cant afford the bill your still going to get (deductables, co pays) So they wait until the last minute and they are so ill they take up the room in the ER. The next time you or a loved one needs to go to the ER.... ask yourself ....what can I do for myself before I go seek the Emergency room? Call your Drs office to see if you can get in that day or the next day. Can my Dr direct admit me instead (you can insist on this too with your Dr) Am I willing to wait up to 10 hours in a waiting room or in the comfort of my home instead and see my Dr in the AM? ...because this is the reality now and its getting worse.
    True you hit the nail on the head ,
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    "Economy: again, loss of health insurance and if you are lucky enough to have insurance you cant afford the bill your still going to get (deductables, co pays) So they wait until the last minute and they are so ill they take up the room in the ER. "My reg, doctor office just told me even though I have 2 ins.plans I would have to pay cash up front to see the doctor $175-450 min. They wanted $260 when they told me this .gees I will not be going to see him anytime soon . If I go to uergent care or the er it ends up Being cheep or free in the end ?
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    Last time I checked this is a message board about ER nursing not about complaining that people have to wait for nonemergencies or inpatient beds in the ER...just sayin'

    I think I'll go to the surgery message board and complain about surgeons bedside manner now...
    One1, Zookeeper3, AngelfireRN, and 1 other like this.
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    Usually it's around 4 hours, that is the UK wide standard. Never seen anything drastically above that, maybe up to 6 on busy days. Some of these times are crazy!
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
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    "I think I'll go to the surgery message board and complain about surgeons bedside manner now...[/QUOTE].It was moved here from another place and and tock on a life of it's own and many of the therds do!
    badmamajama likes this.
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    The long waits effect the ER nurses too so this has everything to do with us. Are you an ER nurse? If not you cant understand how hard it is to tell people they will have to wait many hours and them hear them cuss you out cause you cant get them see in a timely fashion. We dont have the option like floor nurses to NOT take report or to say were full. The patients keep coming and it effects us all and we have to take everyone that comes in. so maybe you do need to go to a surgical message board where you can hide. Just sayin...
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    you obviously have crappy insurance. ER will cost more but you dont have to prepay. Thats the key!
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    [QUOTEso maybe you do need to go to a surgical message board where you can hide. Just sayin...[/QUOTE] Ok I think there are some problems with the new format as in the spacing does not seem to be working alone with a few things . First I am not shoure who you are replaying to me or the the person how wroght the quote of my post ? the quote on my post from for someone eles post . This was moved here but was mention for the general boad and was meant as a poll kind of thing not a "who's falt is it " we all know that the er has to see anyone no matter that problem may be no matter how dum . " witch can lead to some uneck story's sometime "
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    Quote from MADDOG70
    so maybe you do need to go to a surgical message board where you can hide. Just sayin...
    Why would anyone need to hide !
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    I am an ED charge nurse and I guess I was just bothered by the tone this thread was taking. Most of the responses were from patients of the ED--not nurses who work there. Yes, of course we know this is a problem world wide...DUH! If you are in the WR for 12 hrs...you probably don't need the ED (as someone else stated).

    My job is to "move the meat" as I always say...we need to get the patients back and get them out of the dept as fast as possible. I put the pressure where it needs to be whether it's with the ED docs, admit docs, floors, ICU, or my nurses...we do everything we can to get you back as fast as we can.

    To come on this page and complain that you, as a patient, had a bad experience in an ED somewhere is offensive to me. If you come to my ED and have an issue, I will be happy to talk to you personally.


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