Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s (PRMC) Transfusion Services has again been awarded accreditation by the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks).

Accreditation followed an intensive on-site assessment and review by specially trained AABB assessors.  The acknowledgement establishes that the level of care and technical performance provided by PRMC’s Transfusion Services team meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. The organization was established in 1947 to improve health by developing and delivering accreditation standards and educational programs and services to optimize patient and blood donor care and safety.

“Our participation in the AABB’s accreditation program is completely voluntary,” said Dr Michael Wagner, Medical Director of Transfusion Services at PRMC.  “We have continuously sought and received this accreditation for decades because we are committed to achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.”

At PRMC, the Transfusion Services team is responsible for providing safe blood products to patients in an expeditious manner, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Highly trained technologists provide a hands-on approach to every product dispensed for transfusion.   In 2017, they transfused 8,061 blood products at the Medical Center.

The AABB’s accreditation program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products.  Accreditation by the AABB provides assurance that the facilities honored, like Peninsula Regional Medical Center, meet or exceed the conditions required by federal law and regulations.