Bioterrorism preparedness in health care systems via simulation modeling

Elliot J. Montes, Terry R. Collins, Mario G. Beruvides, Xi Ouyang

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Understanding the health care system preparedness in the event of a bioterrorist attack has received significant attention in recent years. This paper presents preliminary results of a study investigating the surge capacity, the maximum patient load that a health system can handle, of an emergency room given a bioterrorist attack. Specifically, a supply/demand discrete event simulation model in terms of health care system staffing, capacity, and equipment is developed. A preliminary surge capacity is determined and alternative health care system resource models are evaluated for the emergency room. Recommendations for future research are also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2004
EventIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: May 15 2004May 19 2004


ConferenceIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX


  • Bioterrorism
  • Capacity
  • Emergency Room
  • Healthcare
  • Simulation


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