Chapter 6

Online Strategies for Optimizing Medical Supply in Disaster Scenarios

Dennis Güttinger*, Eicke Godehardt and Andreas Zinnen

*Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main

SAP AG, SAP Research

University of Luxembourg

6.1 Introduction

In recent years, the number of natural disasters and major incidents at mass events has increased. Examples are the big tsunami in Japan in March 2011 and the Love Parade tragedy in Duisburg (Germany) in 2010. Such catastrophes usually engender a large number of casualties that have to be supplied medically as proficiently and quickly as possible. One of the challenges is that in practice casualties are not registered all at once, but usually arrive in small groups. Furthermore, in general, the exact number of ...

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