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Study Of Ambulance Diversion At Richmond Hospitals To Be Presented At U.Va. Symposium

April 25, 2002-- Representatives of Richmond hospitals, ambulance authorities and other medical administrators will gather at the University of Virginia on Friday to hear the results of a study of ambulance diversion at Richmond hospitals.

The report, "Metropolitan Richmond Hospital Diversions: A Systems Analysis and Change Proposal," will be presented April 26, in U.Va.’s Olsson Hall, Room 120, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. by graduate students completing the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s executive master’s program in systems engineering.

Patients’ lives may be put at risk when hospitals and emergency centers cannot receive additional patients and must divert ambulances to other medical facilities, said Christina Mastrangelo, associate professor of systems engineering at U.Va. The problems include a shortage of physicians and emergency-room staff, inadequate emergency room space and a shortage of medical transport vehicles that can safely transfer patients from emergency facilities to regular hospitals.

"The results of the analysis and recommendations for change have consequences far beyond the City of Richmond," said Mastrangelo, who supervised the study with Barry Horowitz, systems engineering professor. "The findings and recommendations are applicable to any community facing issues related to ambulance diversion."

The study team consists of 22 second-year master’s degree candidates all of whom are working professionals from organizations that include MITRE Corp., the U.S. Department of Defense’s Naval Sea Systems Command, American Management Systems, Lockheed Martin Corp., Philip Morris Cos. Inc. and CACI Inc.

The presentation is part of the Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and hosted by U.Va.’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering.

In addition to the report on hospital diversion, there will be presentations by 23 undergraduate teams from the University as well as by teams from George Mason University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Virginia Tech and ITESM-Queretaro (Mexico)

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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