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Using simulation to help hospitals reduce emergency department waiting times: examples and impact

Using simulation to help hospitals reduce emergency department waiting times: examples and impact
Using simulation to help hospitals reduce emergency department waiting times: examples and impact
In recent years, all acute hospitals in the UK have experienced unprecedented emergency department waiting times and hospital bed pressures. The consequences are overcrowded emergency departments, ambulance shortages, cancelled elective operations, low staff morale and financial penalties. To deal with the increasing numbers of patient admissions and delayed discharges hospitals must turn now to modelling and simulation to help increase their flexibility and ability to deal with demand variation. Hospitals face several issues that reduce their flexibility including the need for extreme value-for-money and specialization of care. This talk presents three ED case studies undertaken by an analytics team in the UK. The paper considers the impact of the work and challenges arising from their experiences of simulation modelling in acute hospitals. Final thoughts consider the future of ED simulation.
SIMULATION, operational Research, accident and emergency, MODELLING, real world systems, NHS, HEALTH
0891-7736
IEEE
Monks, Thomas
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Meskarian, Rudabeh
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Chan, W.K.V.
D'Ambrogio, A.
Zacharewicz, G.
Mustafee, N.
Wainer, G.
Page, E.
Monks, Thomas
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Meskarian, Rudabeh
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Chan, W.K.V.
D'Ambrogio, A.
Zacharewicz, G.
Mustafee, N.
Wainer, G.
Page, E.

Monks, Thomas and Meskarian, Rudabeh (2018) Using simulation to help hospitals reduce emergency department waiting times: examples and impact. Chan, W.K.V., D'Ambrogio, A., Zacharewicz, G., Mustafee, N., Wainer, G. and Page, E. (eds.) In Proceedings of the 2017 Winter Simulation Conference. IEEE. 11 pp . (doi:10.1109/WSC.2017.8248000).

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In recent years, all acute hospitals in the UK have experienced unprecedented emergency department waiting times and hospital bed pressures. The consequences are overcrowded emergency departments, ambulance shortages, cancelled elective operations, low staff morale and financial penalties. To deal with the increasing numbers of patient admissions and delayed discharges hospitals must turn now to modelling and simulation to help increase their flexibility and ability to deal with demand variation. Hospitals face several issues that reduce their flexibility including the need for extreme value-for-money and specialization of care. This talk presents three ED case studies undertaken by an analytics team in the UK. The paper considers the impact of the work and challenges arising from their experiences of simulation modelling in acute hospitals. Final thoughts consider the future of ED simulation.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 January 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 January 2018
Published date: January 2018
Venue - Dates: 2017 Winter Simulation Conference, Las Vegas, United States, 2017-12-03 - 2017-12-06
Keywords: SIMULATION, operational Research, accident and emergency, MODELLING, real world systems, NHS, HEALTH

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Local EPrints ID: 416487
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416487
ISSN: 0891-7736
PURE UUID: 9c831615-5af2-4c3a-9233-d8eb1f312f39
ORCID for Thomas Monks: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2631-4481

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Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:38

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