Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The wait at Elmhurst Hospital is a killer
From the Daily News:
The wait time for the emergency room at Elmhurst Hospital Center is in critical condition.
The average emergency room patient at the Queens facility waited 114 minutes to be seen by a doctor in 2016, according to records obtained by the Daily News.
The nearly two-hour delay was the lengthiest recorded at any of the city’s 11 public hospitals in at least the last five years — and close to four times as long as the national average of 30 minutes, according to data for 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For some of the patients, the wait is actually longer than two hours.
Hospital staff attributed the lengthy delays to a lack of nurses.
At times, one nurse is responsible for up to 12 patients, said Pattie-Dean Thompson, an ER nurse.
“That leaves us running from patient to patient,” she said.
Another issue is the large number of patients with minor ailments flooding the emergency room.
The long wait time comes as the number of emergency room patients at the public hospital has decreased, records show.