Surgical suites' operations management

Diwakar Gupta

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Surgical suites are a key driver of a hospital's costs, revenues, and utilization of postoperative resources such as beds. This article describes some commonly occurring operations management problems faced by the managers of surgical suites. For three of these problems, the article also provides preliminary models and possible solution approaches. Its goal is to identify open challenges to spur further research by the operations management community on an important class of problems that have not received adequate attention in the literature, despite their economic importance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-700
Number of pages12
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007

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  • Elective surgery booking control
  • Health care operations
  • Surgery sequencing and scheduling
  • Surgical suites' capacity management


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