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

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time
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
  • Director/Moderator: Erin Goodhue Meyer, DO, MPH, Executive Medical Director, Direct Patient Care, American Red Cross, Columbus, OH
    Speaker: Anne Chenoweth, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, CQA(ASQ), Senior Director of Accreditation and Quality, AABB, Bethesda, MD

  • Program Description

    Open discussion with case studies to be presented by the Senior Director of AABB’s accreditation team. AABB standards and interpretations that resulted in nonconformances will be highlighted. The speaker 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 includes access to both the live and on-demand version of this eCast.

    AABB understands the value of learning together as a group but with COVID-19, bringing everyone together to share the experience in person may not be an option for your team. Given this, all participants in a group will be provided the ability to register as a single viewer (AABB will provide a promocode to registered group viewing coordinators to share with their team in advance of the live program). If you are a facility interested in participating in this eCast, simply complete the Group Viewing registration form and AABB will provide detailed instructions to share with your team. For single viewers, the process has not changed – simply click on the Register button below to register.

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    Continuing Education Credit

    AABB estimates 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) will be 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 Biography

    Anne Chenoweth is the Senior Director of the Accreditation and Quality Department for the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks), the global leader in accreditation of transfusion, donor and cellular therapies. She obtained her Masters from Johns Hopkins University and her certification as a quality auditor from the American Society for Quality. Ms. Chenoweth has extensive experience in all aspects of transfusion and donor testing and safety. In addition, she has worked closely with the African Society for Safety in Blood Transfusion and the Brazilian Association of Hematology and Hemotherapy. In her capacity as a certified quality auditor, she has been a judge in the International Team Excellence awards. These awards are given to companies that showcase projects and processes that highlight Lean as well as Six Sigma that have saved millions. In 2008, Anne become a surveyor for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare and has performed surveys around the world. She has also spoken to numerous societies and associations about quality and performance improvement topics.