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For Immediate Release
December 03, 2015

​​​AABB Public Relations

The Joint Commission
Elizabeth Eaken Zhani

AABB and The Joint Commission to Partner on Patient Blood Management Certification
Certification will allow hospitals to maximize benefits of a Patient Blood Management program

Bethesda, Md. – AABB and The Joint Commission are proud to announce a collaborative partnership to provide a joint hospital certification program for patient blood management. This voluntary certification, which will be available in early 2016, is based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program and will help hospitals realize the maximum benefits of establishing a comprehensive patient blood management program.

“AABB has been a pioneer in patient blood management innovation through its standard setting, educational programming and advocacy work,” said Miriam A. Markowitz, AABB CEO. “We are very pleased to partner with The Joint Commission to provide a hospital certification program that creates an innovative and thorough approach to establishing and measuring the effectiveness for patients and the hospitals that serve them.”

An evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to optimizing the care of patients who might need transfusion, Patient Blood Management encompasses all aspects of patient evaluation and clinical management surrounding the transfusion decision-making process. It can reduce the need for allogenic blood transfusions and reduce health care costs, while ensuring that blood components are available for the patients who need them.

“Blood transfusion continues to be one of the most frequently performed procedures in hospitals, and although great strides have been made to make blood usage as safe as possible, transfusion complications and adverse outcomes can still occur,” said Mark G. Pelletier, COO, Accreditation and Certification Operations of The Joint Commission. “Our goal in collaborating with AABB on this certification is to help ensure that patient blood management programs maximize their potential to reduce risk to patients and help organizations save on costs through more structured blood management.”

The AABB-Joint Commission Patient Blood Management Certification promotes patient safety and quality by combining an internationally accepted quality management system structure with appropriate Patient Blood Management technical requirements. This new certification program adheres to the same quality framework as other AABB Standards.

Organizations interested in learning more about the program as it develops can contact For Patient Blood Management educational resources visit

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About AABB

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in transfusion medicine, cellular therapies and patient blood management. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of more than 1,500 institutions and 7,500 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit

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