A generic modelling framework to evaluate network blood management policies: The Canadian Blood Services experience
2014
Operations Research for Health Care
3
3
116-128
Policy
No
Yes
Abstract Canadian Blood Services produces and distributes approximately 850,000 units of red cells annually. These units are distributed through ten production and/or distribution sites. Each distribution site acts as a regional hub serving between 20 and 110 hospital customers. Distribution sites hold a target inventory that is based on an integer number of median days demand on hand. In this paper, we report on the development and use of a simulation based methodology to evaluate network inventory policies for regional