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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.

Emergency Care Data
January 2012 - September 2012

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

 Missouri average

U.S. average 

Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before they were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient 246 minutes 235 minutes 274 minutes
For patients who were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, the average time they spent in the Emergency Department before leaving the Emergency Department for their inpatient room, after a physician decided to admit them as inpatients 65 minutes 77 minutes 96 minutes
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before being sent home 165 minutes 138 minutes 138 minutes
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before they were seen by a health care professional 40 minutes 29 minutes 28 minutes
Average time patients who came to the Emergency Department with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication 84 minutes 56 minutes 60 minutes

Why is the data on this website from several months ago?

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 patients.

The government releases the information on its Hospital Compare website (http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/); however, it takes some time for CMS to gather and study the information, so the information is several months old. For example, in May 2011, the most recent publicly available information was for the yearlong period between October 2009 to September 2010.

Tips for health care professionals

To view emergency care tips for health care professionals, please click here.

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