Application of Lean Methods and Multi-Objective Optimization to Improve Surgical Patients Flow at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital
Norouzi Esfahani, Nasim
This research has been defined in response to the Winnipeg children's hospital (WCH) challenges such as long waiting times, delays and cancellations in surgical flow. Preliminary studies on the surgical flow revealed that definition and implementation of successful process improvement projects (PIPs) along with application of an efficient master surgical schedule (MSS) are efficient solutions to the critical problems in WCH. In the first phase of this work, a process improvement program including three major PIPs, is defined and implemented in WCH in order to improve the efficiency of the processes providing surgical service for patients. In the second phase, two new multi-objective mathematical models are presented to develop efficient MSSs for operating room department (OR) in WCH.
Multi-objective Optimization, Operating Rooms Master Surgical Scheduling, Lean Thinking Approach, Healthcare