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Location of low-cost blood collection and distribution centres in Thailand

Location of low-cost blood collection and distribution centres in Thailand
Location of low-cost blood collection and distribution centres in Thailand
Decision making on facility locations for blood services has an impact on the efficiency of supply chain and logistics systems. In the blood supply chain operated by the Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS), problems are faced with amounts of blood collected in different provinces of Thailand being insufficient to meet demand. At the present time, TRCS operates one National Blood Centre in the capital and twelve Regional Blood Centres in different provinces to collect, prepare, test, and distribute safe blood. A proposal has been made to extend this network of blood centres using low-cost collection and distribution centres. Increasing numbers of fixed collection sites can improve access for donors. In addition, some facilities will be able to perform preparation and storage for blood that hospitals can receive directly. This paper addresses the selection of sites for two types of facility, either a blood donation room only or donation room with a distribution centre. A range of investment budgets is investigated to inform the strategic plan of this non-profit organisation. We present a novel binary integer programming model for this location-allocation problem based on objectives of improving the supply of blood products while reducing costs of transportation. Computational results are reported, using real life data, that are of practical importance to decision makers.
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Chaiwuttisak, Pornpimol
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Smith, Honora
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Wu, Yue
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Potts, Christopher
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Sakuldamrongpanich, Tasanee
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Chaiwuttisak, Pornpimol
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Wu, Yue
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Potts, Christopher
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Sakuldamrongpanich, Tasanee
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Pathomsiri, Somchai
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Chaiwuttisak, Pornpimol, Smith, Honora, Wu, Yue, Potts, Christopher, Sakuldamrongpanich, Tasanee and Pathomsiri, Somchai (2016) Location of low-cost blood collection and distribution centres in Thailand. Operations Research for Health Care, 9 (June 2016), 7-15. (doi:10.1016/j.orhc.2016.02.001).

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Abstract

Decision making on facility locations for blood services has an impact on the efficiency of supply chain and logistics systems. In the blood supply chain operated by the Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS), problems are faced with amounts of blood collected in different provinces of Thailand being insufficient to meet demand. At the present time, TRCS operates one National Blood Centre in the capital and twelve Regional Blood Centres in different provinces to collect, prepare, test, and distribute safe blood. A proposal has been made to extend this network of blood centres using low-cost collection and distribution centres. Increasing numbers of fixed collection sites can improve access for donors. In addition, some facilities will be able to perform preparation and storage for blood that hospitals can receive directly. This paper addresses the selection of sites for two types of facility, either a blood donation room only or donation room with a distribution centre. A range of investment budgets is investigated to inform the strategic plan of this non-profit organisation. We present a novel binary integer programming model for this location-allocation problem based on objectives of improving the supply of blood products while reducing costs of transportation. Computational results are reported, using real life data, that are of practical importance to decision makers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 February 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 April 2016
Published date: 2016
Organisations: Operational Research

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Local EPrints ID: 390385
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/390385
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ORCID for Honora Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4974-3011

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Date deposited: 19 Apr 2016 08:25
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 06:36

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Author: Pornpimol Chaiwuttisak
Author: Honora Smith ORCID iD
Author: Yue Wu
Author: Tasanee Sakuldamrongpanich
Author: Somchai Pathomsiri

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