On the design, implementation, and feasibility of hospital admission services: The admission lounge case

W. Veneklaas, A. G. Leeftink*, P. H.C.M. van Boekel, E. W. Hans

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Abstract

An admission lounge is an emerging type of hospital facility that potentially improves the efficiency and efficacy of the perioperative process. We propose a five-step approach for the design, suitability assessment, and optimisation of an admission lounge. The approach uses a case mix optimisation method to select patients for the admission lounge, clinical ward, or for both. Also, it determines the required admission lounge and clinical ward capacities using an Erlang loss model combined with a novel analytical model. The approach is integrated into a decision support system, which helps hospitals to identify the suitability of the admission lounge concept, optimise its configuration, and identify the potential bed reduction in the clinical ward. The decision support system is validated and tested in a case study of a Dutch hospital using their historical data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102308
JournalOmega (United Kingdom)
Early online date15 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 15 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Capacity analysis
  • Case mix optimisation
  • Decision support system
  • Elective admissions
  • Erlang loss model
  • Healthcare facility planning

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