Title

Modeling Hospital Surgical Delivery Process Design Using System Simulation: Optimizing Patient Flow and Bed Capacity as an Iillustration

Department/School

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Date of this version

2011

Document Type

Article

Keywords

system simulation modeling, hospital planning, health service, patient flow, process analysis, operations research

Abstract

Objectives: It is increasingly recognized that hospital operation is an intricate system with limited resources and many interacting sources of both positive and negative feedback. The purpose of this study is to design a surgical delivery process in a county hospital in the U.S where patient flow through a surgical ward is optimized.

Method: The system simulation modeling is used to address questions of capacity planning, throughput management and interacting resources which constitute the constantly changing complexity that characterizes designing a contemporary surgical delivery process in a hospital.

Results: The steps in building a system simulation model is demonstrated using an example of building a county hospital in a small city in the US. It is used to illustrate a modular system simulation modeling of patient surgery process flows.

Conclusions: The system simulation model development will enable planners and designers how they can build in overall efficiencies in a healthcare facility through optimal bed capacity

Published in

Technology and Health Care Journal

Citation/Other Information

Vol 19 1-20