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Title: Sustainable capability planning for hospital operating theatre
Authors: LI ANG
Keywords: Operating Theatre Capacity Planning, Hospital Operations Research, Simulation, Mixed-Integer-Programming, Algorithm
Issue Date: 9-May-2009
Citation: LI ANG (2009-05-09). Sustainable capability planning for hospital operating theatre. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The operating theatre is one of the most expensive resources in the hospital. In this study, we consider the optimal utilization of the operating theatre resource to best address the expectations of the three major stake-holders in the hospital's surgery operations, namely, the patients, the surgeons, and the hospital itself. We first argue that the "block-booking" scheduling approach generally suits the need of these three parties better than the FCFS approach. Based on the block-booking framework, we propose an algorithm that best allocates the OT time blocks to the surgeons from the various clinical departments. In particular, our approach combines the simulation methodology and MIP, and it bears with two conflicting objectives of both profit and patient throughput which are to be maximized. We further argue that this capacity allocation approach, if continuously applied, can help the hospital to maintain fairness in the resource allocation on the one hand, and to maximally achieve their financial and social goals on the other.
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