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Evaluation of emergency ambulance characteristics under several criteria.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  511579     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A methodology and analysis are presented for evaluating response time characteristics of emergency ambulance systems. The methodology is based on a Monte Carlo simulation technique and a heuristic optimal-seeking technique for locating emergency ambulances under several criteria based on response time distribution. Optimization criteria include minimum mean system response time, minimum system fractile response time and minimum level-loaded response time. The evaluation methodology is applied to the metropolitan area of Los Angeles County. Ambulance response characteristics and loads are discussed in detail. From these results alternative dispatch polices can be evaluated. Complementing the analysis is a presentation of a sensitivity analysis and an analysis of existing ambulance sites. Unique to the methodology is the adaption of the heuristic optimal-seeking technique to include any of the three criteria and the effectiveness of the methodology for analyzing small or large ambulance systems.
K F Siler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health services research     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0017-9124     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Serv Res     Publication Date:  1979  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-02-15     Completed Date:  1980-02-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0053006     Medline TA:  Health Serv Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  160-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ambulances / supply & distribution*
Emergency Medical Services*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Quality of Health Care*
Time Factors

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