Minimizing Variation in Hospital Bed Utilization by Creating a Case Type Schedule for the Operating Room Planning

Marc Rouppe van der Voort, Arvid Glerum, Erwin W. Hans

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Abstract

In this chapter, we focus on reducing fluctuations in bed usage of scheduled admissions. We hypothesize that a substantial part of the fluctuation of
demand for bed capacity can be reduced by improving the planning methods used to schedule those patients in the operating theatre. We test a model of a “cyclical case type schedule” to reduce the fluctuations in bed usage of planned admissions. The results show that it brings a large improvement potential to reduce the maximum number of required beds on peak moments. Importantly, this was demonstrated without a (substantial) increase in waiting times for patients. This approach can be used to increase the number of available beds for emergency admissions, reduce the workload for nurses, or reduce the number of required beds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Healthcare Logistics
Subtitle of host publicationBridging the Gap between Theory and Practice
PublisherSpringer
Chapter12
Pages231-247
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-60212-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-60211-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Series in Operations Research & Management Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume302
ISSN (Print)0884-8289
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7934

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