Wait Time

ER Wait Times

Urgent Care Wait Times

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Quality Measures

Emergency Department Care

Timely and effective care in hospital emergency departments is essential for good patient outcomes. Delays before receiving care in the emergency department can reduce the quality of care and increase risks and discomfort for patients with serious illnesses or injuries. Waiting times at different hospitals can vary widely, depending on the number of patients seen, staffing levels, efficiency, admitting procedures, or the availability of inpatient beds.

The information below shows how quickly our hospital emergency centers  treat patients, compared to the average for all hospitals in the U.S.

Reporting Period: January 2015 - September 2015

Emergency department volume

Cape Cod Hospital Very high
Falmouth Hospital Medium
State of MA N/A
National N/A

Average time patients spent in the emergency department, before they were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient

Cape Cod Hospital 381 minutes
Falmouth Hospital 328 minutes
State of MA

Very high 384 min
High 351 min
Medium 315 min

National

Very high 346 min
High 298 min
Medium 261 min

Average time patients spent in the emergency department, after the doctor decided to admit them as an inpatient before leaving the emergency department for their inpatient room.

Cape Cod Hospital 199 minutes
Falmouth Hospital 148 minutes
State of MA

Very high 193 min
High 128 min
Medium 112.5 min

National

Very high 137 min
High 114 min
Medium 90 min

Average time patients spent in the emergency department before being sent home

Cape Cod Hospital 136 minutes
Falmouth Hospital 133 minutes
State of MA

Very high 182 min
High 177 min
Medium 147 min

National

Very high 172 min
High 161 min
Medium 142 min

Average time patients spent in the emergency department before they were seen by a healthcare professional

Cape Cod Hospital 18 minutes
Falmouth Hospital 36 minutes
State of MA

Very high 46 min
High 42 min
Medium 38 min

National

Very high 30 min
High 27 min
Medium 23 min

Average time patients who came to the emergency department with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication

Cape Cod Hospital 41 minutes
Falmouth Hospital 57 minutes
State of MA 53 minutes
National 52 minutes

Percentage of patients who left the emergency department  before being seen

Cape Cod Hospital 1%
Falmouth Hospital 1%
State of MA 2%
National 2%

Percentage of patients who came to the emergency department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival 

Cape Cod Hospital 69%
Falmouth Hospital 82%
State of MA 77%
National 68%