Bioterrorism preparedness in health care systems via simulation modeling

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

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Abstract

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
Pages861-865
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2004
EventIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: May 15 2004May 19 2004

Conference

ConferenceIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004
CountryUnited States
CityHouston, TX
Period05/15/0405/19/04

Keywords

  • Bioterrorism
  • Capacity
  • Emergency Room
  • Healthcare
  • Simulation

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    Montes, E. J., Collins, T. R., Beruvides, M. G., & Ouyang, X. (2004). Bioterrorism preparedness in health care systems via simulation modeling. 861-865. Paper presented at IIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004, Houston, TX, United States.