What's the longest er wait time you have Even seen - page 5

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... Read More

  1. by   ergoddess
    [QUOTE="calinurse11;6044961"]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.

    ^ smart parent!!!
  2. by   dream'n
    My mom waited for 9 hours to be seen in a local ER; Diagnosis: Multiple bilateral pulmonary emboli.
  3. by   sh1015
    8 hours for kidney infection. Friday night and was feeling terrible, so just doing what my NP at my other clinic told me to do. We had just moved here. Urgent Care had closed 30 minutes before, and we had to go to University because of our insurance. But....I was so fascinated watching all the people. My favorite, though the least dramatic, was the guy walking around with a HUGE bag of jerky. My (very few) trips to the ER was one of the things that made me interested in nursing.
  4. by   Rhi007
    I've waited a varying time from 15mins to 7hrs. Because BIH is considered a medical emergency and after so many presentations the staff got use to me coming in late at night and I went through my standard running sheet. My appendix took 2 hospitals and 11hrs of waiting over 4 days before it was finally diagnosed and yes I did see my pcp first. Ended up breaking in half as they removed it coz it was gangrenous
  5. by   itsnowornever
    The longest wait? 20 min. The only time I go is if my son is having an asthma attack that his inhaler isn't controlling or a nasty round of croup that won't let a kid catch a breath (that a shower or cold air won't fix). We walk into the waiting room, they hear him, and open the door to triage. My daughter severely bruised her ribs once, and that was the 20 min wait. They saw her shallow respirations with wincing, asked what happened and back we went.
  6. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from Shaylab5212
    I'm an in El Paso and me my husband and three children have had to wait over 8 hours just for them to prescribe me an antibiotic and they couldn't get it straight on why I was there my poor children wasted a whole day in the ER because these people can't get it together.
    If that's all you needed, you weren't experiencing an emergency.
  7. by   LadyFree28
    Presently, no longer than 5 mins...that was spent in triage and sent to a room...either I am vomiting because of my migraine or an exacerbation of complex-regional pain syndrome where there is a risk of dehydration, or syncopal episodes with severe muscle spasms (usually dehydration as well)...I'm just happy to get the fluids, IV toradol and roll...the soon I leave, the more acute pts can have my space!!!

    In the past, I did wait two hours post bus accident to be evaluated...I had two fractures in my C-3 and C-4...hence me having CRPS (along with a near-death experience a YEAR AFTER the accident...no ER wait time then!!) :-/...and I have waited 2 hrs when I was post OP from my experience with HORRRIBLE constipation. I was already diagnosed with a small hernia, had my surgical wound debrided-it was designed to heal by secondary intention, so I was nervous scared and anything you can imagine...it's abdominal surgery...any and all nursing rationalization was out the window-I was SCARED. I'm just glad I didn't have any other post OP complications that can occur...trust me, senna tabs are my best friends !!! But I digress, I you can't get me to go to an ER UNLESS I ABSOLUTELY need to...people may have to start CPR on me-seriously! :-|
  8. by   kguill975
    I've seen 24 hour waits or longer, but it's a level 1 trauma center for uninsured and underinsured populations.
  9. by   Poochiewoochie
    Quote from LalaJJB
    If you're waiting more than 3-4 hours, you're probably not sick, go home and come back later...or even better, go to urgent care. With that said, I've seen a wait time of 9 hours...the guy had a splinter in his finger and was too scared to take it out himself.
    I broke my leg and had to wait 5 hours in an ER where I live. I was on my way to see my PCP when it happened so I kept my appointment and after she looked at it said she didn't think it was broken but if it made me feel better to go to the ER and get an xray. Considering the fact that I actually felt the bone snap,couldn't walk on it at all and it hurt like heck I did. When I told the ER nurse what my PCP told me she said it was a good thing I didn't listen to her because I would have been in a world of hurt that night.

    The splinter story is what I love about this site. You guys have some of the best stories.
  10. by   eCCU
    Quote from allstudentnurses
    I have had patients tell me they came to my hospital because they had been waiting at Grady for 18 hours, not sure if that's true, but I have seen Grady have 80 or more patients in triage at a time.
    Keyword...level 1 trauma center it is reserved for the most severe injuries, unless ready to pitch a tent.....
  11. by   Esme12
    Quote from kguill975
    I've seen 24 hour waits or longer, but it's a level 1 trauma center for uninsured and underinsured populations.
    not because of their insurances status but because they have a cold and those hospitals are usually major trauma centers so the most acute are seen first.
  12. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from Esme12
    not because of their insurances status but because they have a cold and those hospitals are usually major trauma centers so the most acute are seen first.
    Also, the level 1 trauma center I worked at was smack in the middle if a major urban area, and served a HUGE population. It was a peds hospital so just about everyone had insurance (govt provided or private) but we still had a heavy urgent care/ could be seen by doctors office burden along with lots of legitimately sick kids. In the winter season you can be moderately sick (maybe eventual admission to med surg, maybe discharge) and still wait a couple of hours in the waiting room before coming back.
  13. by   Racer15
    The longest wait I have seen was 6 hours on a busy day. Complaint of flu like symptoms. They were pretty upset. Guess what? They had the flu. We gave them Tylenol and sent them home. When people stop coming in for BS reasons. the waits will go down