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AABB Audioconference Schedule

7/22/20 – The Transfusion Committee: How to be Effective and Sustaining

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:00 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 20EL-556 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

  • Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
  • Topic: Transfusion Medicine
  • Intended Audience: Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Perfusionists, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers, Other: CMO’s, Pharmacists, IT, Donor Center Representatives
  • Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: Kerry L. O’Brien, MD, Medical Director, Blood Bank, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Speakers: Jim Gorham, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Blood Bank and Transfusion Services, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Carolyn Burns, MD, Patient Blood Management Physician Advisor, Louisville, KY
Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how to integrate clinical stakeholders into your facility’s Transfusion Committee.
  • Detail how to engage the members of the committee to commit to attending and fully participating in the committee meetings.
  • Detail how to effectively utilize committee members to aid in the ultimate goals of the committee, such as reducing waste or decreasing inappropriate transfusions.
  • Identify how to improve an ineffective transfusion committee.
Program Description

AABB Standards mandate that transfusing facilities have a peer-review program that addresses transfusion practices for all aspects of blood and blood components. To comply, most institutions have created a Transfusion Committee to review ordering practices, adverse events, blood administration policies, wastage and utilization and appropriateness of use. This presentation hopes to describe ways to make your institution’s committee effective and sustainable in the current healthcare climate of never-ending budgetary constraints. Experiences from a health care system and a single institution will be described.


8/12/20 – AABB Nonconformances Case Studies

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:00 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 20EL-564 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

  • Educational Track: Quality Education
  • Topic: Transfusion Medicine
  • Intended Audience: Directors, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Perfusionists, Residents/fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: April Hord, BB(ASCP)SBB M.Ed, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory Technical Trainer, American Red Cross – Mid-Atlantic, Richmond, VA
  • Speakers: Nancy Shotas, MT(ASCP)BB, CQA(ASQ), Lead Quality Assessor, AABB, Bethesda, MD; Emmett Gourdine, MS, MPA, SAB, MLS (ASCP)SBB, CQM/OE, COA (ASQ), Lead Quality Assessor, AABB, Bethesda, MD

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify evidence and standards used in AABB nonconformances.
  • Describe the corrective actions process for resolution of AABB nonconformances.
  • Apply the knowledge learned from the case studies to future AABB assessments.

Program Description

Nonconformances and their corrective actions can be daunting sometimes, from understanding the standard and the evidence to then know what to do to fix the problem and reporting that back to AABB. This program will provide case studies highlighting AABB nonconformances from beginning to end, starting with discovery and documenting evidence; interpreting the standards involved and thru reporting and corrective actions taken.


11/18/20 – Addressing Common Citations from AABB and CAP – 2020 Edition

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:00 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 20EL-594 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

  • Educational Track: Quality Education
  • Topic: Transfusion Medicine
  • Intended Audience: Directors, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Basic
  • Director/Moderator: Isabella Martin, MD, Medical Director of Microbiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
  • Speakers: Anne Chenoweth, MBA, MT(ASCP)CM, CQA(ASQ), Senior Director of Accreditation and Quality, AABB, Bethesda, MD; Lilly Petkovic, MT(ASCP)SBB, Checklist Technical Content Analyst, College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • List common AABB nonconformances in the Transfusion Services, Donor Services, IRL, and Perioperative services.
  • List common CAP checklist deficiencies from the Transfusion Medicine, All Common and Lab General checklists.
  • Expand discussion on selected items to include interpretation of requirements, variations in interpretation and execution of intent.
  • Provide guidance on steps to avoid nonconformances/deficiencies.

Program Description

Lecture to be presented by representatives from AABB and CAP accreditation teams. AABB standards and CAP checklist interpretations that resulted in nonconformances and deficiencies will be highlighted. Speakers will expand discussion on selected items to include interpretations of standards, variations in interpretation and will provide guidance on ways to avoid nonconformance/deficiencies.

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