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Operating theatre scheduling using Lagrangian relaxation

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This paper addresses the surgery operation scheduling problem. Three types of resources are considered: transporters, operating rooms and recovery beds. The patient is first transported from the ward to the operating theatre, is operated on in an operating room and then transferred immediately to a recovery bed before being transported back to the ward. The operating room needs to be cleaned after the surgery before starting another operation. The problem consists in assigning patients to transporters, operating rooms and recovery beds in order to minimise a criterion function of their completion times. The problem is NP-hard. A Lagrangian relaxation approach is proposed to determine a near-optimal schedule and a tight lower bound. Numerical results will be presented to show the efficiency of the method.
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emse-00449286 , version 1 (21-01-2010)

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Vincent Augusto, Xiaolan Xie, Viviana Perdomo. Operating theatre scheduling using Lagrangian relaxation. European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2008, 2 (2), pp.172-189. ⟨10.1504/EJIE.2008.017350⟩. ⟨emse-00449286⟩
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