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

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Gorunescu, F, McClean, SI and Millard, PH (2002) A queueing model for bed-occupancy management and planning of hospitals. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 53 (1). pp. 19-24. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The 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.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
ID Code:7539
Deposited By:Professor Sally McClean
Deposited On:02 Jul 2010 11:22
Last Modified:02 Jul 2010 11:22

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