Skip Navigation LinksHome > Press

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2017

​The Joint Commission
Elizabeth Eaken Zhani
+1 (630) 792-5914

Magda Yang
+1 (301) 215-6526

First Patient Blood Management Certification in U.S. Goes to D.C. Hospital
Certification helps hospitals maximize benefits of a Patient Blood Management program

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., March 22, 2017) – MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. is the nation’s first hospital to receive a Patient Blood Management Certification by The Joint Commission and AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks). The certification provides a third party evaluation of patient blood management programs based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program, and an evidence-based approach to optimizing care of patients who might need transfusions.

"We at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are very proud to be the first center in the nation to receive this important certification in Patient Blood Management from The Joint Commission and AABB,” said Michael C. Sachtleben, president, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. "This distinction is a testament to the hard work of our associates who promote patient safety through a comprehensive blood management program that uses internationally accepted systems and techniques. Our patients benefit from this innovative certification that recognizes our commitment to continuously improve our processes and procedures when it comes to patient-centered blood management and services. We thank The Joint Commission and AABB for this program that will benefit patients nationwide.”

"I congratulate MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital for its achievement as the first hospital to receive Patient Blood Management Certification. Through the hard work of its team to achieve certification, they are focusing on reducing risk for their patients and improving patient outcomes – including reducing the number of days in the hospital and readmissions,” said Heather Hurley, executive director, Laboratory Accreditation, The Joint Commission. "The certification should help to coordinate and integrate practices related to transfusion and patient care throughout the hospital.”

Patient Blood Management Certification promotes patient safety and quality through the implementation of practices that can help to reduce unnecessary transfusions, improve patient outcomes and reduce patient’s length of stay and readmissions. The onsite certification review is a minimum of one day and certification is valid for two years.

"AABB commends MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for being the first U.S. institution to earn a patient blood management certification,” said AABB President, Zbigniew "Ziggy” M. Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD, FCAP. "Implementing a comprehensive patient blood management program helps institutions provide a higher quality of care to patients by avoiding blood loss; minimizing unnecessary blood transfusions; and conserving blood for patients who actually benefit from transfusions. AABB remains committed to assisting institutions in optimizing their blood utilization which subsequently leads to higher value of provided care."

Organizations interested in learning more about the program should contact

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 more than 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 the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in more than 50 countries. Learn more about AABB at

# # #