Accession Number:

ADA084285

Title:

A Goal Programming Model for the Siting of Multilevel EMS Systems.

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.,

Corporate Author:

TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN CENTER FOR CYBERNETIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

35.0

Abstract:

Facility siting models known as location covering techniques have proven to be useful particularly for emergency medical services EMS planning, given the importance of ambulances responding to demand within some maximum time constraint. These models represent a set of methods which focus the health planners attention on the access of people to health care, since they attempt to cover people in need of service within some specified time standard. This research develops a technique for the locational planning of sophisticated EMS systems, characterized by multiple levels of emergency health services. Specifically, a two-tiered system with basic life support and advanced life support capabilities is modeled as a goal program. By applying location covering techniques within a goal programming framework, this study develops a method for the siting of multilevel EMS systems so that 1 each service level maximizes coverage of its own demand population, and 2 back-up coordination between levels is assured. The usefulness of this goal program as a health planning took is evidenced in the models explicit articulation of EMS policy objectives and its ability to link system levels in terms of goal-directed behavior.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Operations Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE