How long are you waiting in the ER?

How long are you waiting in the ER?

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A national survey on hospital emergency room wait times released by non-profit organization ProPublica shows local wait times are far above the national average.

The report says the national average wait in emergency rooms is 28 minutes, and in Louisiana that time is 27 minutes.

Many local hospitals were over the national and state average.

According to the report, the average wait at Willis Knighton Health Centers is 68 minutes, at Good Sheppard Medical Center in Marshall the wait time is 70 minutes, and at University Health in Shreveport the average wait time is 112 minutes.

"I went through triage and it took me about 45 minutes," says Steve Jackson. Jackson says he still has more time to wait before he will see a doctor at University Health's Emergency Room.

"If you expedite the through put then you will speed up the process of getting patients who are waiting in the waiting room into a bed," says University Health's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin Sittig.

Sittig says University Health is upgrading emergency room technology to help get people in and out faster.

He also says the hospital deals with unique circumstances. Unlike other local emergency rooms, University Health's ER is open 24/7, and they deal with a wider range of serious trauma injuries.

"The people that come in that are having crushing chest pains or can't breathe or have knife sticking out of them they are going to trump you," says Sittig.

For a closer look at the report you can read the full report here.

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