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dc.contributor.authorHarris, Sean
dc.contributor.authorNino, Valentina
dc.contributor.authorClaudio, David
dc.identifier.citationHarris, S, Nino, V, Claudio, D. Simulating a sterilization processing department to evaluate block schedules and tray configurations. Systems Engineering. 2023; 1-20.
dc.description.abstractDiscrete event simulation is a well-established tool for examining the effect of different operating room (OR) block schedules on various performance metrics within the OR suite and adjacent units. However, one unit that has rarely been studied is the sterilization processing department (SPD), which cleans and assembles reusable OR instruments. As part of a larger research study, we developed a series of OR block assignment models that sought to reduce the workload of the SPD and developed a tray optimization model to reduce the number of instruments on increasingly bloated instrument trays. While initial numerical experiments were promising, a comprehensive simulation model of the OR and SPD was needed to more thoroughly examine how potential changes to the block schedule and/or more efficient tray configurations could improve SPD processing times. In this article, we incorporate the SPD into an existing simulation model of an OR suite, which is the first of its kind, and examine the effect that different block schedules and tray configurations have on SPD processing times. Simulation results confirm earlier numerical computations. Furthermore, simulation results suggest that more efficient instrument tray configurations are a much better and more viable method for improving SPD processing time than reconfiguring block schedules.en_US
dc.subjectblock schedulingen_US
dc.subjectdiscrete event simulationen_US
dc.subjectoperating roomen_US
dc.subjectsterilization processing departmenten_US
dc.subjecttray optimization problemen_US
dc.titleSimulating a sterilization processing department to evaluate block schedules and tray configurationsen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleSystems Engineeringen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Businessen_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

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