AABB Audioconference Schedule
Building a Foundation for Transfusion Safety (Tues., 8/8/17)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Moderator: Kelly Meyer, Webcast Specialist, AABB, Bethesda, MD
- Speaker: John. R. Hess, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAAS, Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Hematology, Medical Director, Transfusion Service, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
- Intended Audience: Physicians, Technologists, Nurses
- Teaching Level: Basic
- Review inadequacy of current methods to prepare nurses for safe transfusions.
- Describe the curriculum developed to educate nurses on the basics of transfusion medicine.
- Review the benefits of a dedicated transfusion education program in enhancing clinical practice and transfusion safety.
Program Description: This program will review the creation and benefits of Blood School, an eight-hour introductory course on transfusion safety for nurses. Recognizing that primary blood transfusion education was too procedure-centric, this course was developed as a supplement to provide education on the core foundations of transfusion medicine. Blood School uses a combination of didactic and active learning approaches, in order for the participants to feel more knowledgeable, comfortable, and safer with all transfusion-related processes. In doing so, it empowers them to be better advocates for patients, take action whenever they recognize negative situations related to blood transfusions, and help ensure that the right patient gets the right blood component for the right reason in the safest way.
Revitalize Your Transfusion Committee (Thurs., 9/7/17)
Program # 155
- Director/Moderator: Barbee Whitaker, PhD, Director, Research and Patient Safety, AABB, Bethesda, MD
- Speakers: Katharine Downes, MD, Medical Director, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Karen King, MD, Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine, Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, MD
- Intended Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Students/Fellows, Residents
- Teaching Level: Intermediate
- Explain how a revitalized scope, charge, and composition of one’s Transfusion Committee can bring value to the institution and provide opportunities for continuous improvement.
- Describe the capabilities and opportunities that EHRs provide to access and analyze transfusion and clinical data for improving patient care.
- Discuss the application of Hemovigilance activities, definitions, and practices in the Transfusion Committee to promote a broader use of Hemovigilance in your organization.
Program Description: This era of cost reduction imperatives and a shift to value-based medicine, Transfusion Committees have an opportunity if not an imperative to “re-invent” themselves and refocus on defining and documenting value that transfusion medicine physicians, specialists, and activities bring to a healthcare institution. In addition, electronic health records (EHRs) provide potential capabilities for Transfusion Committee’s to access and to analyze transfusion and clinical data in ways not previously possible.
Addressing Common Citations from AABB and CAP (Wed., 11/15/17)
Program # 171
- Director/Moderator: Isabella Martin, MD, Transfusion Medicine Fellow, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
- Speakers: Anne Chenoweth, MBA, MT(ASCP)CM, CQA(ASQ), Senior Director of Accreditation and Quality, AABB, Bethesda, MD; Denise Driscoll, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, Senior Director, Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs, College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL
- Intended Audience: Laboratory Medical Directors, Laboratory Managers and Supervisors, Laboratory Technologists, Apheresis Collection Staff, Perfusionists, Risk Managers
- Teaching Level: Basic
- 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: This program will 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.