Peninsula Regional Medical Center has again been granted accreditation-this most recent cycle with zero non-conformances-by American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) for transfusion activities and services. We've been continuously accredited by the AABB since 1960.
Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes the level of technical and administrative performance within PRMC meets or exceeds the standards set by the organization. By successfully meeting those requirements, Peninsula Regional joins similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have also earned AABB accreditation.
"We have continued to seek AABB accreditation for the past five decades because this program assists us by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety," said Michael Wagner, MD, Medical Director of Transfusion Services at PRMC. "We are pleased to have had zero non-conformances identified during the most recent bi-annual inspection. This really is a tribute to the hard work done by Pamela Channell, our transfusion services supervisor, and the entire blood bank staff."
Thus far in 2012, Peninsula Regional transfused 8,105 units of blood products to 4,216 patients. PRMC's success in the reaccreditation process was a team effort, as the laboratory, blood bank, physicians, nursing personnel and others were all key contributors.
The AABB, established in 1947, is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of science and the practice of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. It is dedicated to developing and delivering standards, accreditation and education programs and services to optimize patient and donor care and safety.