An economic analysis of the aeromedical evacuation, patient movement items program
Spratt, Scott M.
Gue, Kevin R.
Gates, William R.
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This research examines the Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation, Patient Movement Items (PMI) Program. This thesis analyzes the primary question of cost savings or equipment deferment based on projected casualty rates. It uses a simple linear program, focused on minimizing beginning inventory, and maps an optimal order plan based on manufacturer capacity and lead time. This thesis suggest updating demand requirements for variability from projected demand using an exponentially weighted moving average calculation. This thesis illustrates that initial deferment can generate substantial savings. This thesis recommends increasing readiness capabilities and cost avoidance by implementing the deferment plan. This thesis recommends additional areas of further research to include consolidating patient movement and inventory tracking systems and utilizing advanced simulation software to determine medical requirements in theaters of operation. These initiatives, if analyzed more thoroughly, could provide DoD policy makers clearer insight for potential system-wide savings.
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