Wait times in most emergency departments are ridiculous. But, if you have a real emergency, you won’t have to wait.
Patients with chief complaints like “GSW abdomen” and “found down/unresponsive” don’t wait to be seen. And if the day ever comes (God forbid) that you have one of those problems, you won’t either.
(Insider tip for non-emergencies: show up around 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning and you probably won’t have to wait.)
My best advice is to avoid the emergency department altogether if you can. But if you have a real emergency, there’s no better place to be.
Ms Ott describes 10 misunderstandings about the ER in the article.