Occupancy in certain hospital patient care units is impacted by procedure scheduling policies and practices. For example, intensive care unit occupancy is strongly related to open heart surgery schedules. Similarly, occupancy in obstetrical postpartum units is impacted by the daily number of scheduled labor inductions and cesarean sections. That was the motivation for this project.
OBsched is a set of optimization models and supporting software for exploring the relationship between patient scheduling and nursing unit occupancy in hospitals.