Blood supply chain simulation: An investigatory analysis

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Singh, Saurabh
Gupta, Deepak P.
Anand, Vijay

In this study, we investigate the efficiency of blood donation processes, emphasizing Red Blood Cells (RBCs) in line with International Blood Banking Standards. Utilizing simulations, we assess donor wait times and resource management, aiming to enhance the donation experience and the efficiency of blood collection. Our analysis emphasizes the importance of managing queues and resources effectively to reduce wait times and improve donor satisfaction. Identifying discrepancies between expected and actual resource use, we find opportunities to decrease downtime and streamline the donation process. Crucially, we recommend implementing donor incentives inspired by successful global case studies to boost repeat donations. These enhancements are particularly relevant to Kansas, where optimizing blood donation processes could significantly improve healthcare outcomes and foster greater community engagement. By ensuring a steady supply of RBCs, our suggested strategies aim to strengthen the resilience of Kansas's healthcare system, highlighting the state's commitment to leading in healthcare delivery and community health initiatives. Incorporating globally inspired donor incentives into our approach not only aligns with International Blood Banking Standards but also underscores Kansas's role in pioneering efficient and community-focused healthcare solutions.

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Poster project completed at the Wichita State University Department of Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering. Presented at the 21st Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Topeka, KS, March 21, 2024.