Operating rooms are expensive assets; you don’t want them sitting idle when people need them. Each room may be equipped differently; you want to schedule procedures in the most appropriate room. To complicate matters, some procedures require special equipment that takes time to move from place to place. You don’t want to haul a ton of equipment across the hospital if you don’t have to, and it’s good to pre-position things at your leisure, rather than having everyone wait while someone fetches a cart, scope, or bed from storage or another room.
A missing component of most OR schedulers is the capability to see spacial relationships that give a more intuitive feel for case, room, and equipment use. The map below show cases (width is proportional to length of case compared to others), and it has lines and time-stamps that track the movement of equipment. It can be tailored to the individual needs of a specific OR.
This blog is showing the concept of using a Map view in concert with a Timeline view for scheduling. You can change the scheduling data in each view. The views work in concert in an iterative process that helps catch omissions of reasoning and data input that stand out in the alternative view. Depending on needs or wants,it can keep track of where everything is at just the moment, or it can be adapted for logging detailed time-purpose-location data that a systems engineer or designer would love to see. Though not shown, the system is also easily capable of printing or sending a schedule for each participant (with graphical context of the rest of the OR included, or not).
Allows tracking of equipment in space and time,
allows recognition of distance and moving costs when making scheduling decisions,
the arrows indicate the sequence of movement which is further defined by the timestamp on the event,
verifies correct equipment with case by border and pattern coding,
allows later logistical analysis
Map View: click on images for larger view
Timeline View below… integrated