Doing Good with Optimisation: Improving Blood Collection | Dr Jesse O’Hanley | Think Kent

The collection, processing and distribution of blood products are vital in any healthcare network. In this talk, Dr Jesse O’Hanley from Kent Business School discusses how a blood service can cost-efficiently organise the collection of blood from donors. An optimisation based modelling approach will be presented to determine where and how frequently donation sessions should be set up in order to minimise overall costs. Key considerations that need to be taken into account include the demand for each blood group, the availability of blood service staff and resources, capacity of donation venues, the number of donors available, the minimum time between donations, and uncertainty with regard to the likelihood of donor attendance. Findings show that considerable savings can be achieved, primarily through better management of donors, resulting in reduced under- and over-collection of blood.

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Jesse O’Hanley is a senior lecturer in the Kent Business School at the University of Kent. His research focuses on the development and applications of statistics, optimisation, simulation, and other operational research techniques in the areas of environmental management, logistics, supply chains, and healthcare delivery. He has written dozens of publications covering topics on facility location, river infrastructure mitigation, forest/conservation management, and climate change impacts analysis. Dr O’Hanley has also carried out advisory and consultancy work for Defra, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Port of Dover, and various US government agencies and NGOs.

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