Wednesday, August 17, 2016

205 minutes average wait time at local Lakewood Emergency room

The government gave Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood just three stars. This was greatly based on the fact that emergency department patients who are admitted to Monmouth wait on average 205 minutes before leaving for their room, longer than the state and national average.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune similarly got three stars from the government, which found that the MRSA bloodstream infections incurred by its patients were worse than the national benchmark. Moreover, the hospital’s emergency department patients spend a median of 200 minutes before leaving for home, a rate that is higher than the state and national averages.

Receiving a three-star rating as well, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel was sharply criticized because its MRSA bloodstream and intestinal infections were worse than the national benchmark.

Among the few hospitals that received favorable ratings, the four-star rated Ocean Medical Center in Brick was commended for meeting or exceeding national benchmarks on hospital-acquired infections. But a sizable percent of patients complained that the area around their hospital room was often noisy at night.

Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch did rather well with a four-star rating. One reason is that 73 percent of patients would recommend the facility, a higher rate than both the United States and New Jersey rates. However, Monmouth was faulted because patients of its emergency department with broken bones waited an average of 70 minutes before being given pain medication, which is longer than the national and state average.

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