International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management
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International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management (1 paper in press)
Blood supply chain risks in disasters- a fault tree analysis(FTA) approach by Amir-Reza Abtahi, Reza Yousefi Zenouz, Mohammad-Reza Ghaderian, Afsaneh Aghaie Abstract: Timely delivering of the required blood and blood products to beneficiaries is one of the most critical issues during disaster strikes. Risks are the events that can interrupt the process and hinder the blood supply chains to attain their predetermined goals. In this paper, we designed a process map that shows visually the workflow of the blood supply chain from donation to the distribution of blood products to the hospital. Then, the risks associated to each activity of the main processes were identified. By aggregation of expert judgments using Fuzzy Delphi Method, the final list of risks was extracted. Then the identified Risks were classified and consequently, by using Fault Tree Analysis, the probability of failure in the blood supply chainrnin each main level was calculated. Findings can help the related organizations to better manage the risks and design effective mitigation plans.rn Keywords: Blood Supply Chain; Supply Chain Risk; Fault Tree Analysis; Process Map.