EURO-INFORMS European Conference on Operational Research edition:26 location:Rome (Italy) date:1-4 July 2013
Traditionally, surgeries are scheduled directly to slots (OR and day). A substitute, a two-step procedure, schedules patients to a surgery week first and, in a second step, to an exact day and OR. The first step, the week assignment, is carried out at the moment the decision for surgery is made. The second step, the within week scheduling, is carried out every Friday afternoon collectively for all the patients assigned to the following week. We discuss the implications of applying this two-step procedure using the real data and the managerial insights from one of Europe’s largest hospitals.