Journal article

Optimising the complete care pathway for cerebrovascular accident patients

Peter Chemweno, Laurent Brackenier, Vincent Thijs, Liliane Pintelon, Adriaan Van Horenbeek, Dominik Michiels

Computers & Industrial Engineering | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Cerebrovascular accidents or stroke is an important healthcare concern. For this reason, the need to optimise waiting times along the patient's diagnostic-therapy care pathway has gained considerable attention in operations management. In this context, the bed-blocking problem is perceived as an important healthcare logistical bottleneck where, although medically ready, the patient cannot transit upstream their care pathway due to unavailable bed resources. In addition, the care pathway is characterised by shifting bottle-necks whereby, optimising resources at downstream departments often yields considerable waiting time delays for patients transiting further upstream for rehabilitation and ..

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