Of Ambulance Diversion At Richmond Hospitals To Be Presented At
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.
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 Sciences
executive masters program in systems engineering.
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.
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."
study team consists of 22 second-year masters degree candidates
all of whom are working professionals from organizations that include
MITRE Corp., the U.S. Department of Defenses Naval Sea Systems
Command, American Management Systems, Lockheed Martin Corp., Philip
Morris Cos. Inc. and CACI Inc.
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
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)
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858