Health Care Management Science

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 45–61 | Cite as

A generic simulation model to assess the performance of sterilization services in health establishments

  • Maria Di MascoloEmail author
  • Alexia Gouin


The work presented here is with a view to improving performance of sterilization services in hospitals. We carried out a survey in a large number of health establishments in the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Based on the results of this survey and a detailed study of a specific service, we have built a generic model. The generic nature of the model relies on a common structure with a high level of detail. This model can be used to improve the performance of a specific sterilization service and/or to dimension its resources. It can also serve for quantitative comparison of performance indicators of various sterilization services.


Modeling Discrete event simulation Performance Process improvement Comparison Sterilization service 



We would like to thank the reviewers for their comments which helped us enrich our study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grenoble INP/UJF-Grenoble 1/CNRS, G-SCOP UMR 5272GrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Grenoble INP/UJF-Grenoble 1/CNRS, GIPSA-lab UMR 5216St Martin D’HèresFrance

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