Report: Connecticut emergency rooms wait times among longest in U.S.

A new federal report says Connecticut hospitals have some of the longest average wait times in the nation. Bridgeport Hospital ranked worst, with non-critically injured

Bridgeport Hospital ranked worst, with non-critically injured patients having to wait about 70 minutes to see a doctor.

Bridgeport Hospital ranked worst, with non-critically injured patients having to wait about 70 minutes to see a doctor. (11/19/13)

BRIDGEPORT - A new federal report says Connecticut hospitals have some of the longest average wait times in the nation.

Bridgeport Hospital ranked worst, with non-critically injured patients having to wait about 70 minutes to see a doctor. That's more than twice the national average.

The medical staff at Bridgeport Hospital says they've taken steps to handle the high number of patients, even though they've seen about a 20 percent increase over the last two years in the number of patients visiting their emergency room.

Dr. Rockman Ferrigno, the chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, says that the hospital sees more than 80,000 patients a year.

The hospital also created a "split-flow" system, which is an assembly line for patients to follow in order to finish their treatment process in a timely and caring fashion.

In the last eight months, Dr. Ferrigno says the hospital has hired 10 doctors to take on the patients. 

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