Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Discret Event Simulation


"The development of simulation models continues to provide effective solutions to a wide range of problems in healthcare systems. In the research presented within this thesis is the development of a representative and validated discrete event simulation model for the purpose of evaluating additional capacity. The study consists of a detailed exploratory analysis, verification and validation tests of the simulation results, and a thorough design of experiments. The exploratory analysis consisted of developing simulation models that provide similar characteristics found in the data. The design of experiments consisted of generating scenarios of various bed additions in the hospital units of care. The evaluation of the scenarios considered the characteristics of the queues in the different wards and demonstrate why DES has a substantial advantage in the ability to represent non-linear relationships.

The study used five years of real-world data containing information from 23,019 patients. The results show that certain units can benefit a reduction in waiting time by adding inpatient beds. Thus, decision makers can use the simulation to assess various changes and quantify benefits"--Abstract, page iii.


Guardiola, Ivan

Committee Member(s)

Cudney, Elizabeth A.
Qin, Ruwen


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2016


xi, 91 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 87-90).


© 2016 Tatiana Alejandra Cardona Sepulveda

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Discrete-time systems -- Simulation methods
Hospital size -- Computer simulation
Hospital utilization -- Computer simulation

Thesis Number

T 11066

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