Simulation analysis of the blood supply chain and a case study

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2007

Thesis Language: English

Student: Mert Yegül



Efficient management of blood throughout the countries is of great economic importance, in addition to its major impact on the success of medical operations. This study is concerned with the analysis of policies for managing a unique blood supply chain network, which is defined in the new Blood and Blood Products Law of the Republic of Turkey. The main objective of the study is to obtain a better understanding of the system, and to find improved policies to be able to manage it efficiently. A discrete event simulation model is developed to analyze the blood supply chain of a pilot region in Turkey. Effects of different management policies on the supply chain performance are analyzed. Important improvements are achieved in terms of the selected performance measures such as outdate, mismatch and shortage rates of the region. Our proposed model can be used by both national health authorities and the Turkish Red Crescent Society as a decision support tool to analyze other regions and to examine alternative policies.