St. Catherine Hospital Transfusion Service has been granted accreditation by AABB, according to Scott Taylor, President and CEO and Peggy Jean Smith, and Blood Bank Supervisor.
Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, St. Catherine Hospital joins approximately1,800 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB Accreditation.
“The AABB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Ms. Smith explained. St. Catherine Hospital has sought AABB Accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise the contributes to quality performance.”
Since 1958, AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. Today its Accreditation Program assists blood banks, transfusion services, cellular therapy facilities, relationship testing laboratories, immunohematology reference laboratories and peri-operative services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements.
AABB Accreditation is the designation of choice because it demonstrates an organization’s commitment to advanced learning, continuous improvement and innovation by striving to sustain the highest possible level of patient and donor care. AABB accredited organizations are recognized by their peers as leaders in their field.