Shift and duty scheduling of surgical technicians in Naval Hospitals
Nurse, Nigel A.
Dell, Robert F.
Washburn, Alan R.
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Surgical technicians at Naval hospitals provide a host of services related to surgical procedures that include handing instruments to surgeons, assisting operating room nurses, prepping and cleaning operating rooms, and administrative duties. At the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), there are 83 surgical technicians that must be scheduled for these duties. The three military and one civilian hospital interviewed for this thesis manually schedule these duties. Weaknesses of these manual schedules exposed during interviews at these hospitals include assignment inequities and the time needed to create them. This thesis reports on an optimization based and spreadsheet implemented tool developed to schedule surgical technicians for both daily and weekly duties at a Naval hospital. We demonstrate the tool for the surgical technician department at NMCSD. The schedulers at NMCSD verify the utility of the developed tool and cite a drastic reduction in the time required to generate timely, equitable, and accurate schedules. The study also investigates historical operating room usage data and makes suggestions for improving scheduling practices based on these data.
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