Analysis of intensive care units
An intensive care unit (ICU) is a crucial and limited resource in a hospital which is affected by uncertainty and variability, and often operates close to capacity.
Queuing theory and statistics have been used to model the bed occupancy in ICUs for the last 21 years.
However, many of these models are not suitable for ICUs due to the unpredictable nature of how often patients arrive, how long patients stay in the ICU, and how the bed occupancy is managed in ICUs. In this poster, we describe the patient flow in ICUs and outline modelling approaches for ICUs.
Sarah Ellen James