Scheduling and routing ambulances that provide inter-facility patient transfers

  title={Scheduling and routing ambulances that provide inter-facility patient transfers},
  author={Laleh Haerian Ardekani and Dan Haight and Armann Ingolfsson and M. M. A. Salama and Matt Stanton},
In Edmonton and Calgary, Canada, a specialized ambulance fleet transfers patients between hospitals. We use a vehicle routing heuristic to schedule transfers that are known a day in advance, and a similar heuristic to accommodate emergent transfers in real time. We use simulation experiments to compare the performance of this approach to historical schedules and find that improvements appear to be possible on all performance metrics that we investigated, ranging from 60% for dead-heading to 3… CONTINUE READING


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