Introducing Circulate!

Designing the Optimal System

  1. Ensuring an adequate supply of blood in the system. This is where the problem starts, making sure there are enough donors to satisfy the population’s demand for blood. You can’t have a functioning system without ensuring the 1% blood reserve is always available for use.

Scoping down to Infrastructure for Blood Transportation

Second-Order Problems

Case Study

How do we distribute the blood to reduce the number of shortage deaths in these 3 cities?

Primary Component: Load-Balancing

  1. Stock (how many units at each hospital)
  2. Shelf-life: super important because blood wastage is a massive problem in India. Red cells are stored in refrigerators at 6ºC for up to 42 days. Platelets are stored at room temperature in agitators for up to 5 days. Plasma and cryoprecipitate are frozen and stored in freezers for up to one year. After defrosted, have a shelf life of 5 days
  3. Blood type
  4. Hemoglobin count
  5. Blood collection data
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Medical History
  • Timing (day of the week, seasons, etc.)
  • Geographical location
  • Prevalence of certain illnesses

Predicted Output: Map of all the blood that needs to be transported from one point to another and how much in all 3 cities

Secondary Component: Transportation

Predicted Output: Blood is available whenever a transfusion is required at all 3 cities (where shortage exists)

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