Comm 399 Assignment 2

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Comm 399- 204

Question 1:
a) The flow unit for the above steps is patients.
b) The resources needed for:
i) pre-surgery examination and orientation are the blood and urine test equipment, dinner supplies, tea and cookies and a bed.
ii) surgery are the anesthetic, operating table, supplies, operating room, a surgeon iii) recovery are a wheel chair, cookies and tea and a bed.
Question 2
a) The weekly throughput rate of the hospital is 120 patients/ week b) The average bed utilization is 450/ 630 = 71%
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Question 3
a) The average bed utilization would be 540/ 630= 86%.

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Question 4

a) Yes more capacity does need to be added to the facility. The bottleneck resource is the available beds and this directly affects the throughput rate. By increasing the number of available beds the hospital can admit more patients and operate on more of them leading to an increased throughput rate.

b) My suggestion would be to first add an additional operation room so the throughput rate of operations from doctors could match that of the operating rooms available at 48 per day. Then I would suggest adding additional beds adding up to as many as 54 [ (48-30) *3 ]. This would maximize the number or patients able to be operated on and take care of,...
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