Identification of systematic underestimation (bias) of case durations during case scheduling would not markedly reduce overutilized operating room time.

@article{Dexter2007IdentificationOS,
  title={Identification of systematic underestimation (bias) of case durations during case scheduling would not markedly reduce overutilized operating room time.},
  author={Franklin Dexter and Alex Macario and Johannes Ledolter},
  journal={Journal of clinical anesthesia},
  year={2007},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={198-203}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVE If a case has a high probability of taking longer than scheduled, then increasing the case's scheduled duration could reduce over-utilized operating room (OR) time. We studied surgeons' and schedulers' case scheduling behavior to evaluate whether such a strategy would be useful. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING University hospital. MEASUREMENTS The probability of each of 66,561 cases taking longer than scheduled was estimated with an accuracy to within 1-2%. MAIN… CONTINUE READING

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