The Casualty Stabilization–Transportation Problem in a Large-Scale Disaster

Andrés Bronfman, Beneventti G. Diego, Pamela P. Alvarez, Samantha Reid, Germán Paredes-Belmar

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Abstract

We address the problem of picking up, stabilizing, and transporting casualties in response to mass-injury disasters. Our proposed methodology establishes the itinerary for collecting, on-site stabilization, and transporting victims considering capacitated vehicles and medical care centers. Unlike previous works, we minimize the time required to achieve on-site stabilization of each victim according to his age and level of severity of the injuries for their subsequent transfer to specialized medical centers. Thus, more critical patients will be the first to be stabilized, maximizing their chances of survival. In our methodology, the victims’ age, the injuries’ severity level, and their deterioration over time are considered critical factors in prioritizing care for each victim. We tested our approach using simulated earthquake scenarios in the city of Iquique, Chile, with multiple injuries. The results show that explicitly considering the on-site stabilization of the vital functions of the prioritized victims as an objective, before their transfer to a specialized medical center, allows treating and stabilizing patients earlier than with traditional objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Article number621
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Casualty transportation
  • Disaster response
  • Emergency response services
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Mass casualty incident
  • On-site stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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