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.
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 2004|
|Event||IIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004 - Houston, TX, United States|
Duration: May 15 2004 → May 19 2004
|Conference||IIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004|
|Period||05/15/04 → 05/19/04|
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