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For Immediate Release
January 27, 2016

Magda Yang

The Joint Commission
Elizabeth Eaken Zhani

Patient Blood Management Certification Now Available
Certification helps hospitals maximize benefits of a Patient Blood Management program

Bethesda, Md. – Applications for Patient Blood Management Certification are now being accepted by The Joint Commission. The certification is an evidence-based approach to optimizing care of patients who might need transfusion. It is based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program and can help hospitals and critical access hospitals realize the maximum benefits of establishing a comprehensive patient blood management program.

Blood transfusion is the most common procedure performed during hospitalization,1 but research shows 50 percent of red blood cell transfusions are found to be inappropriate.2 The voluntary Patient Blood Management Certification 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.

“It’s not easy to implement a cross-functional patient blood management program that is sustainable. The goal of this certification is to help hospitals implement practices to help with several issues, including eliminating unnecessary transfusions and adverse outcomes,” said Mark G. Pelletier, COO, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. ”We are pleased to partner with AABB on this very important initiative to help hospitals better help their patients.”

The 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. The certification review will be a minimum of one day and certification is valid for two years.

“This innovative certification will enable hospitals to make the most of the time and resources devoted to a patient blood management program,” said Miriam A. Markowitz, AABB CEO. “Through this third-party review, hospitals will receive on-site expert advice on how to continuously improve processes and practices. AABB is proud to collaborate with The Joint Commission in this effort to help hospitals reduce blood wastage, improve patient outcomes and, ultimately, reduce transfusion-associated risks and costs.”

Organizations interested in learning more about the program should contact For Patient Blood Management educational resources, visit

  1. Most Frequent Procedures Performed in U.S. Hospitals, 2010, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). February 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  2. Shander et al. Appropriateness of Allogeneic Red Blood Cell Transfusion: The International Consensus Conference on Transfusion Outcomes. Transfusion Medicine Reviews, Vol 25, No 3 (July), 2011: pp 232-246.e53.

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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