When Will You Need This?

When you need to quickly map the resource levels in an emergency department representing many people on different shifts, or to optimize resource levels to meet government required performance metrics, or to see the effect of various resource levels on multiple metrics.

Resource Optimizer model image

Model Object

The following model object can be found in the model objects directory: ED \ ED7_a Resource Optimizer.

Ease of Use: Moderate

Ease of Modification: Difficult

This model object is a part of a 8 model object Emergency Department series that can be accessed under the category ED.

1. ED1 Arrivals with Acuity

2. ED2 Triage

3. ED3_a Treatment with Fast Track

4. ED3_b Treatment with Fast Track Using Common Lab

5. ED4_a Patient Discharge

6. ED5_a Room Cleaning

7. ED6_a Patient Admit

8. ED7_a Resource Optimizer

This model object should be used in conjunction with other ED model object (ED Arrivals with Acuity, ED Triage, ED Discharge, ED Room Cleaning, ED Staffing Calculator, etc. to take advantage of predefined stats collection, routing attributes and built-in resources.)

How to Use the Model Object

1. Open Your Model

Open your model or create a new blank model.

2. Insert the Model Object into Your Model

1. Locate the model object ED7_a Resource Optimizer and select the insert button.

2. Move the cursor to the point of insertion and left mouse-click. The upper left corner of the model object will be inserted at the location of the mouse-click.

3. Connect to Your Model

There are no connections to be made for this model object.

4. Define Values

IF s_ReportsEveryHour is set to m_No AND s_Numb_[name of resource] is set to the maximum resources required AND hourly resources s_[Name of resource]1 – 24 are set to reflect the number of resources for the hour specified THEN metrics can be represented for current resource levels

IF s_ReportsEveryHour is set to m_Yes AND s_Numb_[name of resource] is set to 50% higher than maximum needed AND hourly resources s_[Name of resource]1 – 24 are all set to the maximum needed for the 24 hour period AND replications are set to 30 THEN the output detail Variables report will show the quantity of resources needed for each hour of the day. This will assist in meeting the response time metrics required by the affordable care act.

Best when used with other ED Model Objects. The logic of this model object is designed to use the names of the resources provided. If the name of a resource must be changed then logic requesting the Logic in the Resource Puller and Stats Calc activity must be modified.

define scenario parameter in Resource Optimizer

5. Completion

The model object is now integrated into your model, you should now be able to save and then simulate the model.

This completes the Emergency Department model object series.

adding Resource Optimizer to ed

Attributes, Variables, Scenario Parameters and Scenarios Usage

Attributes:

1. a_Acuity: Used in Arrival MO and Triage MO

2. a_Rand: Used in Arrival MO

Variables:

1. v_ReportsEveryHour: Uses the value from the scenario parameter of the same name to turn on or of reporting every hour.

2. v_Pool_[name of resource: MD, PA, Nurse, Tech, ER_Bed, ES]: Used to define the pool of resources available during any hour of the day. This is set in the Set Pool activity.

3. v_Util_[name of resource: MD, PA, Nurse, Tech, ER_Bed, ES]: Reports the hourly utilization for each type of resource

4. v_Needed_[name of resource: MD, PA, Nurse, Tech, ER_Bed, ES]: Reports the number of resources needed during each hour of the day.

Scenario Parameters:

1. s_Numb_MD: Defines the maximum number of resources that could be required of MD’s This number must be larger than the hourly definition of MD’s

2. s_Numb_Nurse: Defines the maximum number of resources that could be required of Nurse’s This number must be larger than the hourly definition of Nurse’s

3. s_Numb_PA: Defines the maximum number of resources that could be required of PA’s This number must be larger than the hourly definition of PA’s

4. s_Numb_Tech: Defines the maximum number of resources that could be required of Tech’s This number must be larger than the hourly definition of Tech’s

5. s_Numb_ES: Defines the maximum number of resources that could be required of ES’s This number must be larger than the hourly definition of ES’s

6. s_Numb_Bed: Defines the maximum number of resources that could be required of Bed’s This number must be larger than the hourly definition of Bed’s

7. s_MD1 — s_MD24: The number or MD’s scheduled for the hour of the day. The resource s_MD1 is for hour 1, s_MD23 is for hour 23.

8. s_PA1 — s_PA24: The number or PA’s scheduled for the hour of the day.

9. s_Nurse1 — s_Nurse24: The number or Nurse’s scheduled for the hour of the day.

10. s_Tech1 — s_Tech24: The number or Tech’s scheduled for the hour of the day.

11. s_ES1 — s_ES24: The number or Environmental Service’s scheduled for the hour of the day.

12. s_Bed1 — s_Bed24: The number or ER Bed’s scheduled for the hour of the day. This might change if areas a closed during early morning hours. but is really designed for hourly utilization calculations

13. s_Var Defines: a series of variables for each resource

14. s_ReportsEveryHour: Defines if reports are “ON” (m_On) or “OFF” (m_Off). If reports are on, a report will be captured every hour. This makes it possible to retrieve information about hourly utilization and number of resources needed per hour.