Optimal placement of mobile stroke units considering the perspectives of equality and efficiency

Oliver Dahllöf, Felix Hofwimmer, Johan Holmgren, Jesper Petersson

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Abstract

It is widely known that the time to treatment is vital for patients who suffer from a stroke. Therefore, in different places in the world, the value of acquiring mobile stroke units has been identified. A mobile stroke unit is a specially developed ambulance for stroke treatment, which has special equipment and trained personnel who can perform intravenous stroke treatment (thrombolysis). It is clear that the involvement of mobile stroke units will aid at least a certain proportion of the stroke patients; however, mobile stroke units are often purchased and placed without any developed method or analysis of where and how it should be placed. In the current paper, we use expected value optimization in order to identify, depending on what perspective is of interest, efficiency or equality, the optimal placement of a mobile stroke unit. In an experimental study, considering the Skane County in Sweden, we show that the placement of a mobile stroke unit may vary considerably depending on which of the two perspectives is adopted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Emerging Ubiquitous Systems and Pervasive Networks, EUSPN 2018
PublisherElsevier
Pages311-318
Number of pages8
Volume141
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event9th International Conference on Emerging Ubiquitous Systems and Pervasive Networks, EUSPN 2018 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 2018 Nov 52018 Nov 8

Publication series

NameProcedia Computer Science
PublisherElsevier
ISSN (Print)1877-0509

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Emerging Ubiquitous Systems and Pervasive Networks, EUSPN 2018
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityLeuven
Period2018/11/052018/11/08

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Neurology
  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

Keywords

  • Expected value optimization
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Mobile stroke unit
  • MSU
  • MSU placement
  • Stroke

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