Going to the ER? Better Take a Book

Texans who visit a hospital emergency room spend an average of 228 minutes there – just about the national average, according to a new study.

Although Texas ranked 47 out of 49 states (Idaho wasn't ranked), we still spent a lot less time in the ER than the No. 49 state. Folks in Arizona put in almost five hours on average. Iowans, at the other end of the scale, spent just two hours and 18 minutes at the average ER visit. The national average was 222 minutes, or three hours and 42 minutes.

The report was compiled by Press Ganey Associates Inc., a South Bend, Ind., company that measures patient satisfaction for 35 percent of the nation's hospitals. The findings are based on almost 1.5 million patient questionnaires completed last year. The company measured the time from emergency room check-in until discharge home or admission to the hospital.

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