Shorten Your Emergency Room Visit with Tips from Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital

In an emergency, time is of the essence. The winter season often brings more emergency visits, and no one wants to spend their holiday season waiting to see a doctor.

“Everyone is potentially one step from a medical emergency, so being aware of the closest facilities can lead to shorter wait times and a better overall experience,” says Dr. Susan MacQuiddy, medical director at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital’s Emergency Department. “Our emergency physicians are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to all patients in a safe and timely manner.”

In May 2014, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an average wait time of 30 minutes, and an average total time from arrival to discharge of slightly more than 120 minutes. Couple these delays with increasing patient volumes, and it’s no wonder some emergency rooms are overwhelmed.

Dr. MacQuiddy recommends following these guidelines to help shorten waiting times:

  • Be ready to answer health questions. While this may seem obvious, “your physician will need to know your medical history in addition to the current situation to advise the proper treatment procedures.”
  • Know where the closest emergency room is located. “It makes no sense to drive across town when an emergency room may be right next door.”
  • Be patient. “We know waiting while you’re in pain is terribly inconvenient, but rest assured we are working as quickly as possible to treat you and others around you.”

At Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, emergency patients wait a median of 20 minutes to see a health care team member, and are usually discharged within 90 minutes, depending on the nature of the emergency. Staffed by UNMC physicians and supported by emergency-trained nurses, the Emergency Department is open 24/7 to evaluate and treat all emergencies. Located on the southeast corner of 144th and West Center Road, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital provides quick, convenient care for West Omaha residents.

To learn more about the Emergency Department at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, please visit

Shorten Your Emergency Room Visit with Tips from Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital

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