Addressing Common Citations from AABB and CAP

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 17EL-171 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Quality Education
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Laboratory Medical Directors, Laboratory Managers and Supervisors, Laboratory Technologists, Apheresis Collection Staff, Perfusionists, Risk Managers
Teaching Level: Basic

Director/Moderator: Isabella Martin, MD, Transfusion Medicine Fellow, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Speakers: Meredith Eller, MBA, MT(ASCP)SBBCM, CQA(ASQ), Technical Specialist of Accreditation and Quality, AABB, Bethesda, MD; Denise Driscoll, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, Senior Director, Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs, College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL
Panel Member: Ljiljana Petkovic, MT(ASCP)BB,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

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.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register17EL-4035-171
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register17EL-8035-171

Speaker Biographies

Meredith Eller, MBA, MT(ASCP)SBBCM, CQA(ASQ), is one of the Technical Specialists in the department of Accreditation and Quality for AABB.  Meredith took her first steps toward a career in blood banking and transfusion medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC, where she received her BS degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.  She worked at UNC Hospitals in the Blood Bank/Transfusion Service before moving to Oregon.  While living in Oregon, Meredith received her MBA from Marylhurst University, and worked at both Salem Hospital and with Legacy Health Systems.  She returned to North Carolina as the Blood Bank Manager at High Point Regional Hospital, and completed her SBB certification.  Meredith moved to Hawaii and worked with Clinical Labs of Hawaii as the Laboratory Manager at Maui Memorial Medical Center.  Meredith began working for AABB in 2016 and was recently certified as a quality auditor by the American Society for Quality.

Denise Driscoll, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB is the Senior Director, Laboratory Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs, at the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 2004, Denise has been responsible for the overall management of accreditation decisions, accreditation requirements, and regulatory and customer relationships. She has been with the CAP since 1995. In 2011, she received the CAP’s Laboratory Accreditation Program Service Award, established in honor of the late Major General Joseph M. Blumberg, MD, to recognize her significant contributions to CAP Accreditation. In addition to her extensive contributions to the CAP, Ms. Driscoll has served as an assessor and a member of the Education Committee with the American Association of Blood Banks, where she has been a member for more than 20 years. Before joining the CAP, Ms. Driscoll worked as a laboratory manager and laboratory supervisor (blood bank and apheresis) at the University of Alabama Hospital and also as a blood bank sales representative with Immucor, Inc. Ms. Driscoll received her BS in medical technology from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. She went on to receive her MS in clinical laboratory science with a specialty in blood bank technology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. As part of her MS, she conducted research on the investigation of post-therapeutic apheresis anemia. The CAP is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance.