Emergency Room Simulation, Emergency Department Simulation -
Using dynamic simulation to improve patient wait time and increase operational efficiency in the ED / ER.
Several elements can be attributed to increased patient wait times including, variability in patient arrival, poor patient flow due to check in procedures/architectural planning, and resource contentions caused by a lack of medical staff or poorly allocated resources. These circumstances (and others) can force severe implications on an ED leading to poor patient and staff morale, inadequate patient tracking, medical error and confusion, decreased patient well being, reduced throughput, and increased operating costs.
So how can these excessive wait times be addressed
For years, many healthcare professionals have turned to traditional simulation tools in an effort to gain operational foresight and have struggled to rectify the key issues that contribute to excessive patient wait times and poor operational efficiency. In theory, these simulation tools seem to be an adequate option to explore when looking to achieve a solution to such operational setbacks, but why is it that so many of these projects have failed?
In the case of traditional tools, the graphical aspect of the model was built in a drag and drop style interface. Creating the graphical model actually generated code that is then sent to the SIMAN engine, a technology from decades past. As our model expanded and the detailed reality of the environment was created, we were required to continue modeling in either an intermediate programming or scripting environment or the SIMAN engine itself. It was found that accurately modeling the environment beyond simple pretty pictures not only took a substantial amount of time (and therefore money), but also demanded an incredible amount of knowledge, and unnecessary workload just to get a glimpse of the operation as a whole; but what about validation, optimization, scenario analysis and using the tool
as an integral part of the organization’s continuous improvement program? After all, isn’t process improvement the main focus?
Dynamic simulation solutions : Using Simcad Pro’s
Unlike the previously mentioned approach, Simcad Pro is the only patented dynamic technology that eliminates the fundamental draw back encountered using traditional simulation tools; the coding requirements. This next generation functionality brings users back to the core of process improvement, allowing for immeasurable breakthroughs in simulation modeling and optimization alike...
The Simcad ROI : Summary of results using dynamic simulation to improve the ED
By importing a CAD file of the ED we were able to keep the appropriate scale/distances of the triage area, processing stations, beds, and waiting rooms easily and accurately ensuring that the travel distances
for service providers as well as patients would be tracked for further layout analysis. Creating the model was as simple as placing registration, triage, waiting room, etc…
“processes” onto the Simcad Pro canvas and the