Modeling the effect of short stay units on patient admissions

Maartje E. Zonderland, Richard J. Boucherie, Michael W. Carter, David A. Stanford

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Two purposes of Short Stay Units (SSU) are the reduction of Emergency Department crowding and increased urgent patient admissions. At an SSU urgent patients are temporarily held until they either can go home or transferred to an inpatient ward. In this paper we present an overflow model to evaluate the effect of employing an SSU on elective and urgent patient admissions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalOperations research for health care
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • Queuing theory
  • Short stay unit
  • Patient admissions
  • Capacity Planning
  • Length of stay
  • Emergency Department


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