Simulation modeling and analysis for cardiac catheterization lab scheduling

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Shi-Jie Chen:

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Proceedings of the 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016



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Conference Proceeding


When scheduling patients for procedures in a cardiac catheterization (cath) lab, it is important to maximize resource utilization, limit patient waiting time, and eliminate overtime hours due to cases running longer than scheduled. With improving technology leading to increased demand within catheterization labs, it is important to implement scheduling rules that smooth patient flow. The goal of this study is to utilize discrete-event simulation to analyze the impact different sets of scheduling rules have on the flow of patients in the cardiac cath lab. The simulation model was used to determine which scheduled procedure length minimizes the difference between scheduled procedure length and actual procedure length as well as which sequencing rules are the most effective in maximizes the throughput of the cath lab. The results of this study will allow healthcare providers to understand the impact that improving scheduling accuracy has in a cath lab.

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Cardiac catheterization, Computer simulation, Scheduling, Sequencing rules


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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