Simulation-based design and traffic flow improvements in the operating room

Amin Khoshkenar, Kevin Taaffe, Miranda Muhs, Lawrence Fredendall, Yann Ferrand, Anjali Joseph, Dee San

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Abstract

A simulation model was created to model the traffic flow in the operating room. A key research challenge in operating room design is to create the most efficient layout that supports staff and patient requirements on the day of surgery. The simulation allows comparison of base model designs to future designs using several performance measures. To develop the model, we videotaped multiple surgeries in a set of operating rooms and then coded all activities by location, agent and purpose. Our current analysis compares layouts based on total distance walked by agents, as well as the number of contacts, measured as the number of times agents must change their path to accommodate some other agent or physical constraint in the room. We demonstrate the value and capability of the model by improving traffic flow in the operating room as a result of rotating the bed orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
EditorsVictor Chan
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2975-2983
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781538634288
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 28 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Dec 3 2017Dec 6 2017

Publication series

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

Conference

Conference2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period12/3/1712/6/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Khoshkenar, A., Taaffe, K., Muhs, M., Fredendall, L., Ferrand, Y., Joseph, A., & San, D. (2017). Simulation-based design and traffic flow improvements in the operating room. In V. Chan (Ed.), 2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017 (pp. 2975-2983). (Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2017.8248019