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

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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 waited 9 hours to get in the back not. But after 4 hour they did come out in the waiting room to give me meds so I was thankful for that . But it got me thinking what is the longest wait you have even seen .
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    Im not an ER nurse but I once took my kid to the ER for her first allergic reaction (not anphylaxis) and the triage nurse told me the wait was about 8 hours, at which time I high tailed it out of there and went to wal-greens for some benadryl.

    Personally the only times I have needed to go to the ER Ive never had to wait because it has always been an emergency that couldnt wait, but my grandmother went to the county ER and waited 10 hours to be seen. 23 hours seems rediculous, I think I would have gone to an urgent care.
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    Quote from calinurse11
    Im not an ER nurse but I once took my kid to the ER for her first allergic reaction (not anphylaxis) and the triage nurse told me the wait was about 8 hours, at which time I high tailed it out of there and went to wal-greens for some benadryl. Personally the only times I have needed to go to the ER Ive never had to wait because it has always been an emergency that couldnt wait, but my grandmother went to the county ER and waited 10 hours to be seen. 23 hours seems rediculous, I think I would have gone to an urgent care.
    The time I waited 23 hours I was already in the back (sent by my doc by ems ) I was addmented within one hour but had to wait 23 hours in the er for a room . They called me back and told me I needed to come back for more meds . I asked that the wait time would be and they told me hours . I said thanks but I will wait for the doc. Office to Handel it .
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    oh I see, I took my daughter to the hospital once and she ended up having to have surgery, we had to wait in the ER for over 24 hours until they were ready for pre-op because they had no beds in the peds department. So I guess its not that atypical, it does suck though, we were lucky because we actually had an ER room with a door, a lot of other folks were in the hallway beds for the same amount of time
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    wow!
    i just have never encountered an er where the wait was many, many hours.
    that's insane.

    many yrs ago, my then-husband, carried me into the er, as i was vaginally bleeding profusely.
    still, i waited in the er for 3 hours before my ex decided to bring me to another hospital.
    he had pointed out the bloody mess that i had made on their seats...and still, no one came.

    when we arrived at the other hospital, i was taken stat...
    where i was later informed, i had been 4 months pregnant and miscarried.

    later, the 1st hospital had the sheer audacity to send me an er bill.
    i ignored them until a collection agcy contacted me.
    when i told them what happened, and then encouraged that hospital to bring me to court, the collection agency had nothing to say after that...
    and never heard from anyone again.
    i was told to sue the pants off of them, which i opted against.

    that was a true emergency, making 3 hours (and still not seen) downright inexcusable.
    the waiting room wasn't even crowded.
    it's hard to believe this hospital is still in business.

    leslie
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    I've had patients come to my floor having spent a full 24 hours in the ER. Not sure how long they were actually in the waiting room though, and the people who waited that long didn't come in with true "emergencies" even though they did need to be admitted. Anyone I've had on my floor who came in with a true emergency seems to have been treated pretty promptly. Personally I've never waited that long myself the few times I've been to the ER.
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    Quote from leslie :-D
    wow!i just have never encountered an er where the wait was many, many hours.that's insane.many yrs ago, my then-husband, carried me into the er, as i was vaginally bleeding profusely.still, i waited in the er for 3 hours before my ex decided to bring me to another hospital.he had pointed out the bloody mess that i had made on their seats...and still, no one came.when we arrived at the other hospital, i was taken stat...where i was later informed, i had been 4 months pregnant and miscarried.later, the 1st hospital had the sheer audacity to send me an er bill.i ignored them until a collection agcy contacted me.when i told them what happened, and then encouraged that hospital to bring me to court, the collection agency had nothing to say after that...and never heard from anyone again.i was told to sue the pants off of them, which i opted against.that was a true emergency, making 3 hours (and still not seen) downright inexcusable.the waiting room wasn't even crowded.it's hard to believe this hospital is still in business.leslie
    Wow, that's nuts you should have suited ! What did they say when you should them the blood ? You should have called 911 and had them come there to get you .
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    As I was talking about above sadly my infection came back worsethis morning I had orderers for a picc,meds ,and zofram ,and fluids I told the doc I was not going to wait 9 pluse hours again for meds and to send them all me if I can hook up one med I can shore use the rest of the stuff as the ivs are plug and play now !Ps,when did they stop using needles in iv and to shoot meds into the iv line ?
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    I've never had a long wait time in the ER personally, but I worked with the triage nurse in a pediatric ER during nursing school clinical. If it was a true emergency, like testicle torsion, they would take kids right back, but for something like diarrhea after taking an antibiotic they would let you sit.
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    In rural nursing, if you have a wait in the ER it's either b/c it's not an emergency and the doc is busy in clinic OR the ER is overflowing. People get upset when they aren't seen immediately.


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