Emergency room wait times across the country are soaring. Numerous hospitals are reporting wait times to be far above the national average; the average wait time to see a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant is 28 minutes. However, some emergency room wait times do vary depending on density and patient influx. According to newly published research, higher emergency patient volumes, as well as patients using the emergency room for dental care, could be the primary factors contributing to the higher numbers. Some emergency rooms across the nation are improving wait times through specialized staff training and changing the way the department sorts patients.
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