Wyoming ERs rank second in nation

Casper, Wyo. – Wyoming residents have shorter visits to the hospital emergency room than most other states.

That's according to a new survey by a health care improvement organization.

The survey says patients spent an average of 2 hours, 49 minutes from check-in until discharge or admission to the hospital in Wyoming ERs in 2007. The time ranks Wyoming second shortest in the nation. The U.S. average was 4 hours, 5 minutes.

Only five Wyoming ERs of various sizes were included in the survey, but survey officials said it's enough to give people a snapshot of the state's ERs.

Among the state's biggest hospitals, officials said Wyoming Medical Center keeps patients an average of 3 hours, 3 minutes and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center about 3 hours, 10 minutes.

The national survey didn't examine wait times in the ER to see a doctor.