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Strategic Placement of Public-Access Defibrillators for Effective Response to Cardiac Arrests

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As part of CEGIST's seminar series, we are proud to announce that Robin Buter (University of Twente) will present the work "Strategic Placement of Public-Access Defibrillators for Effective Response to Cardiac Arrests".

This seminar will take place on March 17 at 11:30. The seminar will be in a hybrid format with:

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Robin Buter
Robin Buter


Improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is an important but difficult public health challenge. Each minute of delay in treatment reduces chance of survival drastically. Before EMS arrives, bystanders can help the patient by performing chest compressions or by connecting an automated external defibrillator (AED) to give a shock. To improve this process, citizen responder systems have been implemented in many countries to dispatch and guide nearby registered volunteers towards the location of the patient or an AED. In this presentation, we give an overview of our research on where to place AEDs in such a system, based on actual cardiac arrest data. We visualize spatial and spatiotemporal incidence of OHCA, and identify areas with significantly higher or lower mortality. We show AED location models based on covering models, but include different coverage functions for different types of volunteers. Additionally, we show preliminary results of our model that maximizes estimated health outcomes instead of coverage. This allows us to evaluate cost-effectiveness of purchasing additional AEDs positioned at the right places.


Speaker's bio

Robin Buter is currently a third year PhD student in Industrial Engineering at the University of Twente (the Netherlands), under supervision of dr. Derya Demirtas, prof.dr. Erwin Hans, and prof.dr. Erik Koffijberg. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering at the University of Twente as well. His (research) interests are in optimization, emergency facility location problems, data science, and data visualization. 


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