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Optimization of Using Devices Helping Patient Handling at Hospitals by Developing a Supply Chain Model
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Each year, thousands of nurses and other health care workers are injured from manually lifting patients. A few decades ago managers were mostly focusing on minimizing direct manufacturing costs but because of the competitive markets nowadays managers should also focus on indirect costs. In this situation the importance of supply chain networks and facility location problems becomes more visible. The need of sophisticated and applicable facility location models is vital and that’s because of indirect manufacturing costs (such as transportation, inventory, procurement & etc.) are considered in supply chain network and facility location models. Literature review is used to develop a model at hospitals in order to get a cost effective model for maximum availability of the products used in patient handling by minimizing the supply chain cost of automated patient handling. The products used for patient handling at hospitals are so expensive and they need to be arranged by a supply chain model to be used at maximum efficiency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 77 p.
, Degree Project in Production Engineering Management, Second Level, 484
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102527OAI: diva2:555280
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Production Engineering
Educational program
Master of Science - Production Engineering and Management
Available from: 2012-09-19 Created: 2012-09-19 Last updated: 2012-09-19

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