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A queueing model for bed-occupancy management and planning of hospitals

A queueing model for bed-occupancy management and planning of hospitals AbstractThe aim of this paper is, on the one hand, to describe the movement of patients through a hospital department by using classical queueing theory and, on the other hand, to present a way of optimising the use of hospital resources in order to improve hospital care. A queueing model is used to determine the main characteristics of the access of patients to hospital, such as mean bed occupancy and the probability that a demand for hospital care is lost because all beds are occupied. Moreover, we present a technique for optimising the number of beds in order to maintain an acceptable delay probability at a sufficiently low level and, finally, a way of optimising the average cost per day by balancing costs of empty beds against costs of delayed patients. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Operational Research Society Taylor & Francis

A queueing model for bed-occupancy management and planning of hospitals

A queueing model for bed-occupancy management and planning of hospitals

Journal of the Operational Research Society , Volume 53 (1): 6 – Jan 1, 2002

Abstract

AbstractThe aim of this paper is, on the one hand, to describe the movement of patients through a hospital department by using classical queueing theory and, on the other hand, to present a way of optimising the use of hospital resources in order to improve hospital care. A queueing model is used to determine the main characteristics of the access of patients to hospital, such as mean bed occupancy and the probability that a demand for hospital care is lost because all beds are occupied. Moreover, we present a technique for optimising the number of beds in order to maintain an acceptable delay probability at a sufficiently low level and, finally, a way of optimising the average cost per day by balancing costs of empty beds against costs of delayed patients.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright © 2001, Palgrave Publishers Ltd
ISSN
1476-9360
eISSN
0160-5682
DOI
10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601244
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Abstract

AbstractThe aim of this paper is, on the one hand, to describe the movement of patients through a hospital department by using classical queueing theory and, on the other hand, to present a way of optimising the use of hospital resources in order to improve hospital care. A queueing model is used to determine the main characteristics of the access of patients to hospital, such as mean bed occupancy and the probability that a demand for hospital care is lost because all beds are occupied. Moreover, we present a technique for optimising the number of beds in order to maintain an acceptable delay probability at a sufficiently low level and, finally, a way of optimising the average cost per day by balancing costs of empty beds against costs of delayed patients.

Journal

Journal of the Operational Research SocietyTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 2002

Keywords: queueing theory; geriatric medicine; bed occupancy; hospital costs model

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