Staffing of Points of Dispensing (PODs) of medications in a biological event requiring mass prophylaxis is problematic, because of expected outage due to illness among staff members and general shortages of medical personnel. Simulation analysis can assist with balancing staffing among POD functions for maximal dispensing throughput with the available staff.
In the POD simulation model, four types of patients are generated: Type E (Express), Type S (Screening needed), Type C (Counseling needed), Type T (Translation needed), and Type D (Divert to hospital). Each call type has its own rate of occurrence in the population, which is set at a generate activity inside the GenPatients simulation activity.
The POD is staffed by various types of medical resource persons:
|Resource||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Run 5|
The objective is to achieve maximum patient throughput over the 48-hour operation of the POD while using the minimum staff. The model patient throughput and POD processing times for the four parameter sets above are shown in the following table:
|Outcome||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Run 5|
|Min Time (Minutes)||2.3||2.3||2.3||2.3||2.3|
|Max Time (Minutes)||589||137||11.4||11.1||13.4|
|Avg Time (Minutes)||441||100||8.2||8||9.5|
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