Evacuation Planning and Emergency Management Study of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital: Evacuation and Surge Capacity

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CAIT project no.: RWJ RU4474RWJ RU4048

Fiscal Year: 2004/2005

Status: Final

Rutgers-CAIT Author(s): Mohsen Jafari

Sponsor(s): RWJ, Department of Health and Senior Services


The objective of this study was the optimization of evacuation and surge capacity strategies using computer simulation models. This study consisted of modeling and simulating the current evacuation and surge capacity procedures at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. In this technical report, we will cover in detail all the process models, simulation models and results of simulation runs for each unit focusing on its evacuation and surge activities. The analysis and interpretation of results and final suggestions and recommendations to improve the corresponding processes will also be provided. This project is intended to simulate and henceforth develop a modeling framework using which a wide spectrum of evacuation and surge capacity scenarios can be virtually built, tested and analyzed. The results and findings from this project can be extrapolated to other hospitals but with a lesser degree of accuracy. The model is also intended to provide a training environment for medical emergency professionals.