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Hospital capacity planning for disaster emergency management

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  • Yi, Pengfei
  • George, Santhosh K.
  • Paul, Jomon Aliyas
  • Lin, Li
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    Hospitals are an integral part of a society's critical functions designed to respond to man-made and natural disasters. Effective hospital capacity planning can significantly enhance the capability and effectiveness of treatment for emergency patients with injuries resulting from a disaster. Such information can be used for patient/ambulance routing, resource planning, and emergency operations management. In the current paper, we develop a generic simulation model that is capable of representing the operations of a wide range of hospitals given an earthquake disaster situation. Using results from our simulations, generalized regression equations are fitted to obtain steady-state hospital capacities. A parametric metamodel is then developed to predict transient capacity for multiple hospitals in the disaster area in a timely manner, as demanded by emergency operations management for guiding the routing and treatment of injured people.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 44 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 151-160

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceps:v:44:y:2010:i:3:p:151-160

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    Keywords: Hospitals Simulation Regression Meta-model Disaster planning Capacity planning;

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    Cited by:
    1. TALARICO, Luca & MEISEL, Frank & SÖRENSEN, Kenneth, 2014. "Ambulance routing for disaster response with patient groups," Working Papers 2014005, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
    2. Mielczarek, Bożena, 2014. "Simulation modelling for contracting hospital emergency services at the regional level," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 235(1), pages 287-299.
    3. Caunhye, Aakil M. & Nie, Xiaofeng & Pokharel, Shaligram, 2012. "Optimization models in emergency logistics: A literature review," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 4-13.
    4. Falasca, Mauro & Zobel, Christopher, 2012. "An optimization model for volunteer assignments in humanitarian organizations," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 46(4), pages 250-260.

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