[Allocating and scheduling operating room time]

S Freytag, F Dexter, R H Epstein, C Kugler, R Schnettler
Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen 2005, 76 (1): 71-9
During the past decade many scientific advances have been made concerning the development of methodologies to maximize efficiency of surgical facilities through allocating and scheduling of operating rooms. In this article such a methodology is described. Using the analysis of historical data of surgical activity in a facility, future demand is predicted and planned. Part of the methodology includes principles and rules needed for the daily organization and operative management of surgical facilities. They are also derived from the same science and therefore the basis for rational and structured decision making. Medical aspects such as patient safety and free choice of day for surgery have higher priority than the economic goal of maximizing operating room efficiency.

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