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Patient Flow

Smoothing the flow of patients in and out of hospitals and other health care settings can help to reduce overcrowding, prevent poor handoffs, and avoid delays.  A number of hospitals and health systems are calling on industrial engineers to analyze current systems and design new ones to improve patient flow.  In this lesson, students will simulate a walk-in healthcare clinic, collect and analyze data, and then make suggestions for an improved design.

Curricular Subjects: 
Comparing Values, Creating and Reading Histograms, Using Formulas, Calculating Percents, Collecting and Analyzing Data, Making Predictions

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