Review of operational decision making before the day of surgery based on operating room efficiency

Franklin Dexter, Richard H. Epstein

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Abstract

Operations research provides insight into improved operational decision-making in surgical suites before the day of surgery. This article focuses on operating room allocation and case scheduling, including how to release allocated operating room time. Decisions differ from those based on operating room utilization. This article aims to provide guidance to the practitioner of operations research asked to assist in operational management decisions at a hospitals or free-standing outpatient surgical facility. In addition, the article considers how to calculate the potential cost reduction from reducing turnover times or changing OR allocations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-630
Number of pages28
JournalJournal Europeen des Systemes Automatises
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Newsvendor problem
  • Operating room efficiency
  • Operating room management
  • Operating room utilization
  • Surgical suits
  • Turnover time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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