MASc Defence - Coordinated Network Management for Platelets in Canada

The objective of this thesis is to determine whether a simple heuristic policy could be used to
reduce the wastage of platelets in a Canadian blood distribution network. The heuristic policy we are investigating is a spoke and hub network in which near outdating units are shipped from spoke sites to a hub. Current regulatory requirements in Canada prevent managed site-to-site transfers. This study looks at the potential value of such a system in terms of wastage and total transportation costs. An optimal transport policy is also applied to the model and used to measure the effectiveness of the heuristic policy. A discrete event simulation of the distribution network is implemented in Microsoft Visual and uses transaction level data from Canadian Blood Services to analyze results from a subsection of the blood distribution network in
Southwestern Ontario.​ 


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Kristyn Reid, MASc Student
Department of Industrial Engineering
Dalhousie University