Event

Addressing Common Nonconformances from AABB and How to Prevent Them (21EL-694)

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

Live Program Date:Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - On-Demand Available

Program Number: 21EL-694

  • Educational Track: Quality Education
  • Topics: Accreditation, Inventory, Management Operations, Operations, Personnel, Quality, Quality Systems, Standards
  • Intended Audience: COOs, Directors, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Basic, Intermediate
  • Moderator: Phil Accooe, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM, CLS, Supervisor, Transfusion Service Laboratory, VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHCS), Long Beach, CA
    Speakers:

    • Melanie Sloan, MS, MT(ASCP) SBB, CQA(ASQ), Senior Director, Accreditation and Quality, AABB, Bethesda, MD
    • Tracie Nichols, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBB, Technical Specialist, Accreditation and Quality, AABB, Bethesda, MD
  • Program Description

    Open discussion with case studies to be presented by AABB’s accreditation team. AABB standards and interpretations that resulted in nonconformances will be highlighted. The speakers will then expand discussion on selected items to include interpretations of standards, variations in interpretation and will provide guidance on ways to avoid nonconformances.

    Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

    • List the most common AABB nonconformances in the Transfusion Services, Donor Services, Cellular therapy, IRL, Molecular testing and Perioperative services.
    • Expand discussion on selected items to include interpretation of standards, variations in interpretation and how to meet the intent of the standard.
    • Provide guidance on steps to avoid the most common nonconformance.

    Registration

    Please note: If you registered for the live eCast you do not need to register for the on-demand eCast (access to the on-demand eCast was included with the live eCast registration.

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    Continuing Education Credit

    AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

    Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

    Speaker Biographies

    Ms. Tracie Nichols serves as a Technical Specialist within AABB’s Accreditation and Quality department. Prior to joining AABB, she worked as a Technical Specialist at West Virginia University Hospitals Blood Bank and Cellular Processing and prior to that as a Laboratory Generalist for the Wedgewood Family Practice. Ms. Nichols was ASCP certified in 2000 and SBB certified in 2011. Ms. Nichols received a Master’s in Clinical Laboratory Science from Michigan State University, a Specialty in Blood Bank Certificate from Dayton Community Blood Center, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from West Virginia University.

    Ms. Melanie Sloan serves as AABB’s Senior Director of Accreditation and Quality and previously served as an AABB Lead Quality Assessor. Prior to joining the AABB team, she held many positions with the U.S. Army including Health Analyst in Support of U.S. Army Africa Northrup Grumman, Military Blood Bank Officer, and Clinical Laboratory Officer. Ms. Sloan holds multiple certifications including NCA certified in 1992, ASCP (MT) certified in 1992, SBB certified in 1999, and ASQ(CQA) certified in 2002. Ms. Sloan holds a Master of Science and Specialist in Applied Biology-Immunohematology from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Ohio University.