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Accession Number ADA575735
Title Urgent Aeromedical Evacuation Network Capacity Planning.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 81p
Personal Author S. C. Finkbeiner
Abstract Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) has been steadily utilized during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. AE is a global enterprise. The current structure of AE is facing changes as forces scale down from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. AE will, however, continue to be important in its domestic use in the continental USA (CONUS). Current practice is to pull aircraft (e.g. C-17, C-130 or KC-135) from their normal operations to meet Urgent and Priority patient needs when local alternatives are infeasible. An alternative to the current system would be having a centralized 'bed-down' location for AE operations that would house dedicated aircraft as well as AE personnel. In this thesis, a hybrid queuing and discrete-event simulation approach is used to determine how many aircraft are needed for a given level of AE patient care and an integer programming model is used to locate aircraft within the provider network. The high costs associated with operating current aircraft drive this research to look for solutions that better represent the future of Urgent and Priority patient movement operations whether CONUS or global.
Keywords Aeromedical evacuation
Afghanistan conflict
C-130 aircraft
C-17 aircraft
Dedicated
Discrete-event simulation
Domestic
Global
Health care facilities
High costs
Hybrid systems
Integer programming
Iraq
Iraqi war
Kc-135 aircraft
Networks
Patients
Queueing theory
Simulation
Solutions(General)

 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57E - Clinical Medicine
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
51B - Aeronautics
44 - Health Care
Corporate Author Air Force Inst. of Tech., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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