System reliability evaluation for an emergency department service system

Yi Kuei Lin, Pei Chun Feng, Sheng Shiang Chiu

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An emergency department service system provides a medical service to patients who are prioritized for medical care, starting with triage categories and ending with the discharge formalities. In this paper, the emergency department service system is modeled as a fuzzy multi-state network called emergency department service network (EDSN). Each arc is a workstation with a fuzzy multi-state situation because of the vagueness in measuring human capability, and each node is represented as a waiting area. The main aim of this paper is to evaluate the system reliability, that is, the possibility that an emergency department service system can provide necessary treatments to the patients. Since each workstation is fuzzy multi-state, we proposed a method to generate the membership function by utilizing by statistical parameters, such as average and standard deviation. A practical example with statistical data taken from a Taiwan hospital to evaluate the system reliability is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-339
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Management Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Emergency department service network (EDSN)
  • Fuzzy arithmetic
  • Fuzzy multi-state network
  • System reliability

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