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Workload balancing of the Plastic Surgery Department

Post, N. (2021) Workload balancing of the Plastic Surgery Department.

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Abstract:This study proposes a workload balancing approach which combines a heuristic and Monte Carlo simulation. The discrete and static simulation model with stochastic patient arrivals and transition matrix evaluates a schedule for a single surgeon in terms of access times and utilisations at each server. Furthermore, a workload balancing algorithm uses the simulation model to iteratively increase the utilisations of servers until a capacity threshold is met, thereby levelling the utilisations. The schedule with levelled utilisations is tested for its robustness by simulating the surgeon’s absence for one, two, or three consecutive weeks, and evaluating the time it takes for the operational performance to recover from the perturbations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Deventer Ziekenhuis, Deventer, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:50 technical science in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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