Accession Number : ADA310156

Title :   Improvement of the U.S. Navy Mobile Blood Bank Through Simulation Analysis and Forecasting,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Hoyt, Pam ; Hutchins, Jennifer ; Lewis, Drew

PDF Url : ADA310156

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 120

Abstract : The U.S. Navy mobile blood bank is responsible for providing blood to the National Naval Medical Center located in Bethesda, MD as well as to other military and civilian hospitals in the surrounding area (e.g. VA hospital). The mobile blood bank travels to various locations throughout the year with all equipment and personnel support required to draw blood from donors. The Navy wanted our team to study their system to determine if it could be improved. We then determined that our project for the Navy mobile blood bank was to provide three products: Recommendations to improve the actual blood donating process as determined through computer simulation modeling of their system (e.g. reduce time in system): Information through forecasting where to go to get blood products and forecasting likely quantities at each location; lastly, from the computer simulation, a chart to determine more accurately the number of servers required for a mission based on anticipated donors.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *BLOOD BANKS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SIMULATION, MILITARY FACILITIES, NAVY, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), MOBILE, TRAVEL, PERSONNEL, CIVILIAN POPULATION, HOSPITALS, BLOOD.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE