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dispatch

  1. the sending out of finished goods for distribution and sale. Such finished goods can be dispatched from STOCK or as particular customers' orders are manufactured.
  2. the selection of JOBS or batches of a product to be completed in a PRODUCTION schedule. Various dispatch rules can be used to select which particular job should be completed next from a queue of jobs awaiting completion, such as ‘first come first served’, ‘random selection’, ‘minimum processing time’ (starting with the job which has the shortest machine processing time) etc.
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He highlighted that as soon as the emergency call despatcher received a call, he or she began asking the caller for information and enters the information into the specialised communication system.
This system provides the despatcher with a set of general entry questions such as "what is the address of the emergency?", "what is the phone number you are calling from?", "what exactly happened?", "how old is the patient?", "is he/she awake (conscious)?" and "is he/she breathing?".