Changes to the 33rd Edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services (22EL-704)

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

Live Program Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 - On-Demand Available

Program Number: 22EL-704

  • Educational Track: Quality Education
  • Topic: Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Directors, Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Scientists, Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Basic, Intermediate
  • Moderator: Richard R. Gammon, MD, Medical Director, OneBlood, Inc., Orlando, FL

    • Maureen A. Beaton, MT(ASCP)BB, CQA(ASQ), Former Manager, Transfusion Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
    • Susan Galel, MD, Senior Director of Medical Affairs, Blood Screening, Roche Diagnostics; Associate Professor Emerita, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
    • Susan Noone, MPH, CQA(ASQ), Regional Director, Central Coast, Vitalant, Ventura, CA
  • Program Description

    This program will introduce AABB’s 33rd Edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. The speakers will summarize the new and revised requirements incorporated into the 33rd Edition. In addition, the rationale for the changes will be reviewed and discussed.

    Learning Objectives

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

    • Explain the rationale for revised requirements.
    • Identify existing policies, processes and procedures that may need to be changed in order to conform to the 33rd Edition.
    • Identify ways to implement the new and revised requirements.


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    Continuing Education Credit

    AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for General Participation, California Lab Personnel, and Florida Lab Personnel. The number and type of credits awarded for this program (both live and on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage. Please note: California Nurse and continuing education credits for physicians is not available for this program.

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

    Faculty Biographies

    Maureen BeatonMaureen Beaton is the former Manager of the Transfusion Medicine Service at Boston Children’s Hospital and has been a Blood Bank professional for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a Masters in Management from Emmanuel College. She is an active AABB member and currently chairs Work Group 2 of the Blood Banks and Transfusion Services Standards Committee as well as the Blood Bank/Transfusion Services Accreditation Committee.

    Dr. Susan GalelDr. Susan Galel has been Senior Director of Medical Affairs, Blood Screening at Roche Diagnostics since 2014. Prior to this she served for many years as Medical Director of the blood donor center and donor testing laboratory at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and as Associate Director of the Stanford Hospital Transfusion Service. Dr. Galel received her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed clinical training in pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, and transfusion medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Galel has served on multiple AABB committees and has authored numerous manuscripts and book chapters on transfusion medicine and donor infectious disease screening. Dr. Galel currently chairs Work Group 1 of the Blood Banks and Transfusion Services Standards Committee, which covers the standards governing donor qualification and collection, component production and storage, and donor testing.

    Dr. Richard Gammon Dr. Richard Gammon holds Board Certifications in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine as well as Clinical Pathology. He is a Medical Director for OneBlood and Transfusion Medicine Specialists and an Assistant Professor of Pathology for the University Of Central Florida College as well as an Assistant Professor Collaborative Faculty with Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, University of South Florida. He is chair of the AABB’s Blood Banks and Transfusion Service Standards Program Unit’s chair of the Transfusion Safety/Patient Blood Management Subsection.

    Susan NooneSusan Noone began her career in blood banking with Vitalant 27 years ago, first working in the laboratory, then spending several years in the quality department before moving into administration. Today, she is Regional Director for Vitalant in California’s beautiful Central Coast. Her first involvement with AABB was as an assessor while in a Quality Specialist position. She continues to serve our profession as an assessor. Susan is a current member of AABB’s Transfusion Medicine Subsection Coordinating Committee. She has previously chaired AABB’s Membership Committee, is currently a mentor in AABB’s mentorship program and participates in AABB’s Leadership & Administrative and Quality Subsections. Susan has been active in California state level professional organizations and has served on the boards and as President of two California-based professional organizations, Blood Centers of California, and California Blood Bank Society. She is currently serving a second term as President of Blood Centers of California.