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Analysing management policies for operating room planning using simulation
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2010 (English)In: Health Care Management Science, ISSN 1386-9620, E-ISSN 1572-9389, Vol. 13, no 2, 182-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we analyse the operating room planning at a department of orthopaedic surgery in Sweden. We focus on the problem of meeting the uncertainty in demand of patient arrival and surgery duration and at the same time maximizing the utilization of Operating Room (OR) time. With a discrete-event model we simulate how different management polices affect different performance metrics such as patient waiting time, cancellations and the utilization of OR time. The experiments show that the performance of the operating room department can be improved significantly by applying a different policy in reserving OR-capacity for emergency cases together with a policy to increase staff in stand-by. Moreover, the developed simulation model provides estimates for a what-if situation related to the prognosis of an increasing number of hip-joint replacements.

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Springer , 2010. Vol. 13, no 2, 182-191 p.
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Healthcare, Management, Operating room planning, Optimisation, Simulation
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Software Engineering Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7773DOI: 10.1007/s10729-009-9122-yISI: 000281585300007Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfoA0779A96C9E39F6EC12577580042CE05OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-7773DiVA: diva2:835435
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2010-07-06 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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