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dc.contributor.authorPilehvar, Ali
dc.contributor.authorHerrmann, Jeffrey W.
dc.date.accessioned2008-01-11T14:56:42Z
dc.date.available2008-01-11T14:56:42Z
dc.date.issued2008-01-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/7493
dc.descriptionAn extended abstract of this paper is being submitted to the 2008 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management conference.en
dc.description.abstractTo respond to bioterrorism events or to curb outbreaks of contagious diseases, county health departments must set up and operate clinics to dispense medications or vaccines. Planning these clinics in advance of such an event requires determining clinic capacity and estimating the queueing that may occur in such facilities. We construct a queueing network model for mass dispensing and vaccination clinics and estimate the time that residents will spend at each workstation in such facilities. A key contribution is the development of useful approximations for queueing systems that have batch arrival, multiple-server batch processes and self-service stations. We compared the model’s estimates to those from simulation experiments of realistic clinics using data collected from emergency preparedness exercises. Although this research was motivated by this specific application, the model should be applicable to the design and analysis of other similar queueing networks, including manufacturing systems with batch processes.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number U50/CCU302718 from the CDC to NACCHO and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTR 2008-2en
dc.subjectqueueingen
dc.subjecthealthcareen
dc.subjectemergency preparednessen
dc.subjectnetworksen
dc.titleQueueing network approximations for mass dispensing and vaccination clinicsen
dc.typeTechnical Reporten
dc.relation.isAvailableAtInstitute for Systems Researchen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)en_us


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