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Emergency Department Support Services

ED Patient Flow Simulation

ED simulation is a revolutionary new tool used for Emergency Department throughput, staffing, patient flow, and efficiency analysis. The simulations focus on the issues, parameters, metrics and analysis necessary to improve operations and test the potential impact of operational, capacity or staffing changes or refinements before implementation.

The simulations allows the user to develop effective strategies for:

  • Identifying obstacles to smooth patient flow.
  • Best matching operational capacity (beds) with current and anticipated patient needs.
  • Improving the patient experience by reducing delays.
  • Estimating staffing requirements to support predicted patient census.

The following is just a small sample of the questions that can be explored:

  • What would be the impact if we alter the number of ED patients following a particular path?
  • What if we introduce an entirely new path?
  • Would it improve overall system performance metrics if we add capacity to any path?
  • What if we shift capacity from one area to another?
  • Would we see an improvement if we vary the number of ED beds available by time of day or day of week?
  • Are we using the most effective patient movement rules (i.e. prioritization schemes)?
  • What would happen if we create blended-purpose ED Pods (such as Chest Pain Units, ED Observation Units or ED Transitional Units)?
  • If the composition of our patient population changes over time would our current policies be sufficient to manage the flow?
  • What if our ED patient arrival volumes increase or decrease substantially?

Simulation Services include:

  • Simulation Project Design
  • Input Data Collection and Analysis
  • Simulation Model Development
  • Simulation Model Auditing
  • Simulation-based Decision Support
  • Provided through a joint service offering with NovaSim
  • See Also our other available Hospital Patient Flow Simulation Services

Contact us for more details and a pricing estimate.


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