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Using Discrete Event Simulation (DES) to manage theatre operations in healthcare: An audit-based case study

Komashie, A and Mousavi, A and Gore, J (2008) Using Discrete Event Simulation (DES) to manage theatre operations in healthcare: An audit-based case study. Proceedings - UKSim 10th International Conference on Computer Modelling and Simulation, EUROSIM/UKSim2008. pp. 360-365.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the application of Discrete Event Simulation (DES) in modelling the complex relationship between patient types, case-mix and operating theatre allocation in a large National Health Service (NHS) Trust in London. The simulation model that was constructed described the main features of nine theatres, focusing on operational processes and patient throughput times. The model was used to test three scenarios of case-mix and to demonstrate the potential of using simulation modelling as a cost effective method for understanding the issues of healthcare operations management and the role of simulation techniques in problem solving. The results indicated that removing all day cases will reduce patient throughput by 23.3% and the utilization of the orthopaedic theatre in particular by 6.5%. This represents a case example of how DES can be used by healthcare managers to inform decision making. © 2008 IEEE.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:05
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:32
DOI: 10.1109/UKSIM.2008.112