Be Prepared Before There’s No Time to Prepare
When you or a loved one is in need of immediate care, rest assured that HCA Midwest Health hospitals are ready. With 24-hour ER services, state-of-the-art technology, and caring and experienced staff, our eight emergency rooms, conveniently located throughout the city, are well equipped to treat both children and adults.
But how do you know when a medical condition is serious enough to go to the emergency room? This handy guide explains the symptoms and conditions that are urgent enough to head to the ER.
From broken bones and bleeding mishaps to heart attacks and strokes, HCA Midwest Health is ready to treat both life-threatening and less critical injuries and illnesses. Remember KCFastER.com the next time you encounter a medical crisis to quickly check on the wait times for nearby facilities.
Emergency? Dial 911. Listen to your body. If your symptoms appear life-threatening, don't drive. Call for an ambulance.
About our Average ER Wait Times
ER wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.
The ER wait time represents the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional, defined as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistant (PA) or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).
ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes, and is defined as the time of patient arrival until the time the patient is greeted by a qualified medical professional. Patients are triaged at arrival and are then seen by a qualified medical professional in priority order based on their presenting complaint and reason for visit.
National average wait time is one hour, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HCA Midwest Health hospitals strive to beat the national average.
Away from home?
Text “ER” to 23000, reply with your ZIP code and we’ll send average wait times of ERs closest to you. Message and data rates may apply. For more info visit texterhelp.com.
Take your very own emergency room with you wherever you go! Use iTriage on your smartphone or computer to:
- Check symptoms
- Locate the nearest emergency room
- View emergency room wait times
Need Health Advice?
For health information and advice from registered nurses who are available 24/7, call 1-800-386-9355. More info