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Surgery scheduling with limited physical resources

Buitelaar, D. (2007) Surgery scheduling with limited physical resources.

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Abstract:Limited availability of physical resources at the Operating Room (OR) department results in waiting times between surgeries. We develop elective surgery scheduling algorithms to increase efficiency of the OR department by reducing the waiting time. The two most influential performance indicators that the management of the OR department uses, are utilization and the amount of overtime in the ORs. The objective is to increase utilization and to decrease the amount of overtime. We propose multiple algorithms to schedule surgeries that require a physical resource, either as early as possible, or clustered together as much as possible. We demonstrate that our approach reduces the amount of waiting time between surgeries, increasing efficiency of the OR department. This outcome results from computational experiments performed in collaboration with Isala klinieken Zwolle, the largest non-academic hospital in the Netherlands. This hospital provided us with historical data.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Isala Klinieken, Zwolle, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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