Balancing operating theatre and bed capacity in a cardiothoracic centre.

  title={Balancing operating theatre and bed capacity in a cardiothoracic centre.},
  author={John Bowers},
  journal={Health care management science},
  volume={16 3},
Cardiothoracic surgery requires many expensive resources. This paper examines the balance between operating theatres and beds in a specialist facility providing elective heart and lung surgery. Without both operating theatre time and an Intensive Care bed a patient's surgery has to be postponed. While admissions can be managed, there are significant stochastic features, notably the cancellation of theatre procedures and patients' length of stay on the Intensive Care Unit. A simulation was… CONTINUE READING

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