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Emergency Care Quality

The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical and emergency department patients.

Timely emergency care

Emergency Departments are a vital part of hospitals throughout the United States. Open 24-7, they are a place patients can receive medical treatment when they are suffering from serious injuries or illnesses. Because patients in an Emergency Department are seriously ill or injured, health professionals work hard to examine and treat them as quickly as possible.

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Data

Average Time Spent in the Emergency Department Before Admission to the Hospital

  • MU Health Care average - 238 minutes
  • Missouri average - Not Available
  • U.S. average - Not Available

This indicator focuses on patients who were admitted to the hospital as inpatients after visiting the Emergency Department, not those who went home after being treated in the Emergency Department. It measures the average time these patients spent in the Emergency Department - from the minute they arrived to the time they left the Emergency Department for their hospital beds.

Average Time in the Emergency Department Before Leaving for a Bed, if Admitted to the Hospital

  • MU Health Care average - 77 minutes
  • Missouri average - Not Available
  • U.S. average - Not Available

This indicator focuses on patients who were admitted to the hospital as inpatients after visiting the Emergency Department, not those who went home after being treated in the Emergency Department. It measures the average time these patients spent in the Emergency Department after a physician decided to admit them as inpatients to the time they left the Emergency Department for their hospital beds.

Average Time Patients Spent in the Emergency Department Before Being Sent Home

  • MU Health Care average - 138 minutes
  • Missouri average - Not Available
  • U.S. average - Not Available

This indicator focuses on patients who were sent home after being treated in the Emergency Department, not those who were admitted to the hospital as inpatients after visiting the Emergency Department. It measures the average time these patients spent in the Emergency Department - from the minute they arrived to the time they went home. 

Average Time Patients Spent in the Emergency Department Before Being Seen By a Health Professional

  • MU Health Care average - 17 minutes
  • Missouri average - Not Available
  • U.S. average - 24 minutes

This indicator focuses only on patients who were sent home after being treated in the Emergency Department. It measures the average time these waited in the Emergency Department to see a health care professional - from the minute they arrived to the time they were seen by a physician, nurse or other health care professional.

Average Time Before Emergency Department Patients With Broken Bones Received Pain Medication

  • MU Health Care average - 37 minutes
  • Missouri average - 49 minutes
  • U.S. average - 54 minutes

This indicator focuses on patients age 2 and older who came to the Emergency Department with a broken bone. It measures the average time from when they arrived in the Emergency Department to the time they received pain medication for the injury.

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