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Simulating bed capacity: evaluating the impact of healthcare service transfers

Bareš, Robert, Griffiths, Jeffrey Deacon, Knight, Vincent Anthony ORCID:, Williams, Janet Elizabeth, Baboolal, Kesh and Nelson, Andrew Victor 2012. Simulating bed capacity: evaluating the impact of healthcare service transfers. Presented at: 14th International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Cambridge, UK, 28-30 March 2012. 14th International Conference on Modelling and Simulation. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE, pp. 358-362. 10.1109/UKSim.2012.59

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Bed capacity management is an important factor in the effective provision of hospital services. Despite the prevalence of analytical tools suitable for this task, a barrier remains between the techniques available to operational researchers and strategic decision makers. In this paper we introduce a bespoke discrete event simulation package for the analysis of bed usage, which has been developed with a focus on usability and extendibility. A case study is presented for the transfer of Neurosurgery services between two sites, demonstrating the advantages of discrete event simulation over deterministic approaches which do not account for variation in the hospital system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Uncontrolled Keywords: simulation, demand forecasting, statistical distributions, user interfaces, hospitals, capacity planning
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 9780769546827
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 15:27

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