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Determining the Number of Beds in the Postanesthesia Care Unit: A Computer Simulation Flow Approach

By Ronald D. Miller, Eric Marcon, Saïd Kharraja, Nicole Smolski, Brigitte Luquet and Jean Paul Viale


Designing a new operating room (OR) suite is a difficult process owing to the number of caregivers involved and because decision-making managers try to minimize the direct and indirect costs of operating the OR suite. In this study, we devised a computer simulation flow model to calculate, first, the minimum number of beds required in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). In a second step, we evaluated the relationship between the global performance of the OR suite in terms of OR scheduling and number of staffed PACU beds and porters. We designed a mathematical model of OR scheduling. We then developed a computer simulation flow The construction of new hospitals is an opportunity for managers and all participants of the operating room (OR) suite to be involved in th

Year: 2009
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