ENBIS-17 in Naples

9 – 14 September 2017; Naples (Italy) Abstract submission: 21 November 2016 – 10 May 2017

Operating Room Targeted Time Analysis and Scheduling: A Case Study for a Large Teaching Hospital

11 September 2017, 16:40 – 17:00


Submitted by
Guldal Guleryuz
Seda Albayrak (Hacettepe University), Guldal Guleryuz (Hacettepe University)
Costs resulting from surgeries have a big share in a hospital’s budget. Efficient operating room scheduling can help hospitals lower the costs by minimizing under-utilization and over-utilization. Block scheduling, which allocates a particular amount of time on given days of the week to surgical groups is widely used in hospitals. Block scheduling either allows for flexibility such as by changing the block allocations on a weekly/monthly basis, or can be very restrictive by dictating the same schedule for every week/month. In this paper, a large teaching hospital with 25 operating rooms is considered. The hospital uses very restricted block scheduling with a constant operating room schedule throughout the year. Target time for the surgical groups is analyzed to identify if current time allocation is suitable for the needs and goals of the hospital and surgical groups. Due to incomplete data, analysis is provided only on the basis of recent operations. Utilizations of the operating rooms on a daily basis are obtained; over-utilized and under-utilized blocks are identified. How to assign specific operating rooms to surgical groups on specific days of the week is examined.

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