A Model to Create an Efficient and Equitable Admission Policy for Patients Arriving to the Cardiothoracic ICU*
2013
Critical care medicine
2
41
414-422
Tactical
Objective: To develop queuing and simulation-based models to understand the relationship between ICU bed availability and operating room schedule to maximize the use of critical care resources and minimize case cancellation while providing equity to patients and surgeons.; Design: Retrospective analysis of 6-month unit admission data from a cohort of cardiothoracic surgical patients, to create queuing and simulation-based models of ICU bed flow. Three different admission policies (current admission policy, shortest-processing-time policy,