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Hospital pharmacy simulation : a study of the inpatient dispensary Harris, Henry David Leslie


The objective of this research is to develop a simulation model as an aid in planning hospital operations. The hospital pharmacy is selected as an appropriate area for study. An extensive systems analysis of pharmacy functions is undertaken. A simulation model of the inpatient dispensary operations is developed using the IBM General Purpose Simulation System. This model allows experimentation with dispensary work-load, operations, and manpower schedule. Statistics are provided on service to the patient, work-load distribution, and manpower utilization. Variation in pharmacist availability and type of prescription entering the dispensary allows optimization of operations. Several experiments are conducted to illustrate the model concept and experiment possibilities. It is concluded that the model is a valuable planning tool for the hospital pharmacy administrator and can be extended to simulate operations in other areas of the pharmacy.

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