Modelling of operating theatres using simulation

Stuart, Kari & Kozan, Erhan (2007) Modelling of operating theatres using simulation. In The 8th Asia-Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management, APIEMS, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, W2-R04.

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This paper describes the development of a simulation model for operating theatres. Elective patient scheduling is complicated by several factors; stochastic demand for resources due to variation in the nature and severity of a patient’s illness, unexpected complications in a patient’s course of treatment and the arrival of non-scheduled emergency patients which compete for resources. Extend simulation software was used for its ability to represent highly complex systems and analyse model outputs. Patient arrivals and lengths of surgery are determined by analysis of historical data. The model was used to explore the effects increasing patient arrivals and alternative elective patient admission disciplines would have on the performance measures. The model can be used as a decision support system for hospital planners.

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ID Code: 39727
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Simulation, Opeating Theatres
ISBN: 9789860117615
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Operations Research (010206)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 APIEMS
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2011 23:47
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2011 06:17

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