Improving patient flow in a hospital emergency department

D. J. Medeiros, Eric Swenson, Christopher DeFlitch

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Hospital emergency departments in the US are facing increasing challenges due to growth in patient demand for their services, and inability to increase capacity to match demand. We report on a new approach to patient flow in emergency departments, and a simulation model of the approach. Initial results from the model show that the approach is feasible, and a pilot study demonstrates substantial improvements in patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 7 2008Dec 10 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Other2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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