Wait times represent the average estimated length of time from registration to being assigned a "first provider" (a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Times displayed for Atlantic Health Systems are:

  • Reported as an average of wait times for the previous 2 hours of patients that have presented to the emergency department and have been seen by a provider
  • Refreshed at least every 15 minutes

Many circumstances can affect wait times - for example, patients arriving by ambulance or with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Patients with severe conditions will be seen before those with less-serious problems or ailments. These times are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival.

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Hypothermia Treatment

In the United States, 680 people experience cardiac arrest each day. When their hearts stop, blood flow to their brains is interrupted, and damage can occur. Atlantic Health System Heart Care specialists are prepared to treat cardiac arrest but also to evaluate and protect the brain from damage. In 2008 we became a national leader in using induced hypothermia to treat post-cardiac arrest patients.

Patients may be candidates for induced hypothermia treatment if they are

  • not responsive after the cardiac arrest
  • require respiratory support in order to breathe
  • have no significant head trauma or bleeding
  • have relatively stable blood pressure and heart rhythm

Our emergency departments and cardiac teams at Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center work quickly to induce hypothermia within six hours, reducing the patient’s temperature to 91.7° F as soon as possible for a 24-hour period.

During this time the patient will be temporarily paralyzed and provided with pain and sedation medications for comfort. After 24 hours the patient is slowly rewarmed to 97.7° F, and we can assess whether brain injury has occurred.