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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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
|Deposited By:||Professor Sally McClean|
|Deposited On:||02 Jul 2010 10:22|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2010 10:22|
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