A tool for capacity planning in hospital intensive care units (ICU), specifically developed for the COVID-19 pandemic
"COVID ICU Simulator" is a tool for capacity planning in hospital intensive care units (ICU), specifically developed for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking into account the characteristics of COVID and non-COVID patients, the rates at which they require hospital care and the number of beds available, this tool:
1) estimates ICU dynamics over a given time period and computes performance measures such as admission rate, occupancy, deaths due to capacity limits;
2) enables assessment of strategies for timely reintroducing elective patients or accepting transfers of ICU COVID patients from other hospitals.
Note, this tool is specifically developed for simulating processes at single hospital level. Reliability of results would be affected if input is specified at regional level (i.e. pooling of demand/capacity across hospitals).
Software Requirements: Microsoft Office Excel. Macros must be enabled when using this software.