A comprehensive simulation for wait time reduction and capacity planning applied in general surgery

P.T. Vanberkel, John T. Blake

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the use of operational research techniques to analyze the wait list for the Division of General Surgery at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A discrete event simulation model was developed to aid capacity planning decisions and to analyze the performance of the division. The analysis examined the consequences of redistributing beds between sites, and achieving standard patient lengths of stay, while contrasting them to current and additional resource options. From the results, multiple independent and combined options for stabilizing and decreasing waits for elective procedures were proposed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number10.1007/s10729-007-9035-6
    Pages (from-to)373-385
    Number of pages13
    JournalHealth care management science
    Volume10
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2007

    Keywords

    • IR-70382
    • Wait list management
    • Simulation
    • General surgery
    • Access to medical care
    • METIS-243179
    • Capacity Planning
    • EWI-17674

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