Optimal control policies for ambulance diversion

@article{Nafarrate2014OptimalCP,
  title={Optimal control policies for ambulance diversion},
  author={Adrian Ramirez Nafarrate and A. Baykal Hafizoglu and Esma Senturk Gel and John W. Fowler},
  journal={European Journal of Operational Research},
  year={2014},
  volume={236},
  pages={298-312}
}
Ambulance diversion (AD) is used by emergency departments (EDs) to relieve congestion by requesting ambulances to bypass the ED and transport patients to another facility. We study optimal AD control policies using a Markov Decision Process (MDP) formulation that minimizes the average time that patients wait beyond their recommended safety time threshold. The model assumes that patients can be treated in one of two treatment areas and that the distribution of the time to start treatment at the… CONTINUE READING

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