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Evaluation of the 7-day release program

Kooij, Rimmert B.K. van der (2014) Evaluation of the 7-day release program.

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Abstract:In this report we evaluate the 7-day release program in Vanderbilt University and Medical Center (VUMC). Scheduling of surgeries is regularly done in Block Time (BT). The 7-day release program is a policy to release Operating Rooms (ORs). Releasing ORs is done to make allocated but unfilled block time (BT) available to other surgeons or specialties. In this report we evaluated the performance and possible improvements of the ‘7-day release program’. The results of the evaluation and simulation show that the 7-day release program yields better performance than other scheduling approaches. The OR releasing policy balances the trade-off between underutilization, access time and the number possible surgeries to schedule in the best possible way, given the constraints of VUMC. We recommend VUMC to keep the 7-day release policy, with the improvement of releasing non-impacted ORs, which currently do not release under the 7-day release program policy.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Vanderbilt University and Medical Center
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:44 medicine, 50 technical science in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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