Using a queueing model to help plan bed allocation in a department of geriatric medicine

Gorunescu, F., McClean, S.I. and Millard, P.H. 2002. Using a queueing model to help plan bed allocation in a department of geriatric medicine. Health Care Management Science. 5 (4), pp. 307-312.

TitleUsing a queueing model to help plan bed allocation in a department of geriatric medicine
AuthorsGorunescu, F., McClean, S.I. and Millard, P.H.
Abstract

By integrating queuing theory and compartmental models of flow we demonstrate how changing admission rates, length of stay and bed allocation influence bed occupancy, emptiness and rejection in departments of geriatric medicine. By extending the model to include waiting beds, we show how the provision of extra, emergency use, unstaffed, back up beds could improve performance while controlling costs. The model is applicable to all lengths of stay, admission rates and bed allocations. The results show why 10–15% bed emptiness is necessary to maintain service efficiency and demonstrate how unstaffed beds can serve to provide a more responsive and cost effective service. Further work is needed to test the validity and applicability of the model.

JournalHealth Care Management Science
Journal citation5 (4), pp. 307-312
ISSN1386-9620
YearNov 2002
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1023/A:1020342509099
Publication dates
PublishedNov 2002

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