South African public hospitals have a shortage of beds and struggle to allocate patients to beds and keep track thereof. This causes inefficient utilisation of limited bed capacity. This report addresses this problem by first testing individual bed allocation rules using an agent based simulation to establish what the influence of individual allocation rules are on the system. The results of the rule based models are then used to create three rule sets that are tested using agent based simulation modelling. The results are compared to the current system used within Mamelodi Hospital. All rule sets perform better than the current system. By simply tracking the available beds an additional 20% capacity utilisation is achieved.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2012.
Bac, Martin; Hamm, Joris; Van Bodegraven, Petra; Pater, B.; Louw, J.M. (Jakobus Murray)(Medpharm Publications, NISC (Pty) Ltd and Cogent, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017-01-27)
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doctors. The introduction of this new profession has led to task sharing and redefining of ...
Ibeziako, O.J.; Chabikuli, Nzapfurundi O.; Olorunju, Steve A.S.(South African Academy of Family Practice/Primary Care, 2013)
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hospital reforms and comparison of these factors across the two main staff categories.
INTRODUCTION : Hospital-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (HA-MRSA) remains a significant cause
of morbidity and mortality worldwide. We conducted a study to determine risk factors for HAMRSA
in order to inform ...