Optimal deployment of automated external defibrillators in a long and narrow environment

Chih Hao Lin, Kuan Chao Chu, Jung Ting Lee, Chung Yao Kao

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Aim of the study Public access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) plays a key role in increasing survival outcomes for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Based on the concept of maximizing “rescue benefit” of AEDs, we aimed to propose a systematic methodology for optimizing the deployment of AEDs, and develop such strategies for long and narrow spaces. Methods We classified the effective coverage of an AED in hot, warm, and cold zones. The AEDs were categorized, according to their accessibility, as fixed, summonable, or patrolling types. The overall rescue benefit of the AEDs were evaluated by the weighted size of their collective hot zones. The optimal strategies for the deployment of AEDs were derived mathematically and numerically verified by computer programs. Results To maximize the overall rescue benefit of the AEDs, the AEDs should avoid overlapping with each other’s coverage as much as possible. Specific rules for optimally deploying one, two, or multiple AEDs, and various types of AEDs are summarized and presented. Conclusion A methodology for assessing the rescue benefit of deployed AEDs was proposed, and deployment strategies for maximizing the rescue benefit of AEDs along a long, narrow, corridor-like, finite space were derived. The strategies are simple and readily implementable. Our methodology can be easily generalized to search for optimal deployment of AEDs in planar areas or three-dimensional spaces.

期刊PloS one
發行號2 February
出版狀態Published - 2023 2月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 多學科


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