Determining the optimal configuration of hospital inpatient rooms in the presence of isolation patients

Tezcan, T and Pinker, E (2013) Determining the optimal configuration of hospital inpatient rooms in the presence of isolation patients. Operations Research, 61 (6). pp. 1259-1276. ISSN 0030-364X

Abstract

We study the optimal configuration of hospital inpatient rooms with private and semiprivate rooms when some of the patients have infectious diseases and need to be isolated. We assume that the demand is random and seasonal. We propose a computationally efficient solution procedure that is based on a stochastic program that uses asymptotic approximations for the system performance under different admission policies and show its accuracy for large systems. Using our model, we study the appropriateness of the recent trends in hospital design calling for 100% private rooms. We show that even with isolation patients such an extreme approach could result in a significant degradation in the access of patients to hospital beds.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Management Science and Operations
Additional Information: © 2013 INFORMS
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 18:51
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 17:02
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/88
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