Markov chains can be used to model patient ﬂow in hospital settings. In this study, six Markov chain models are constructed to model patient ﬂow in the emergency department of the Wooster Community Hospital, a small hospital in Wooster,Ohio. The Markov chains are used to predict long term patient movement within the department. Additionally, sensitivity analysis suggests hospital eﬃciency maybe improved by reducing the time between each patients report is sent and when the patient leaves the emergency room. A compartmental model is presented as and additional way to model patient ﬂow and is constructed to model patient ﬂow throughout the Wooster Hospital.
Padrutt, Sarah, "An Investigation of Markov Chains and their Application to Hospital Patient Flow" (2018). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7940.
Applied Mathematics | Other Applied Mathematics
Markov chain, compartmental model, patient flow
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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