Changes to the 34th Edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services (24EL-406)

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - On-Demand Available
Program Number: 24EL-406

  • Educational Track: Quality Education
  • Topics: Blood Donation & Collection, 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
  • Director: Christopher Bocquet, Senior Director, Standards Development and Quality Initiatives, AABB, Bethesda, MD
    Moderator: Susan Galel, MD, Senior Director of Medical Affairs, Blood Screening, Roche Diagnostics; Associate Professor Emerita, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA

    • 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
    • Susan Wilson, MLS(ASCP)SBB, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Program Description

    This program will introduce AABB's 34th Edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. The speakers will summarize the new and revised requirements incorporated into the 34th 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 34th Edition of Standards.
    • Identify ways to implement the new and revised requirements.


    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).

    Please note: registration for the live eCast closed at 1pm ET. If you register after this time, you will receive access to the on-demand eCast when it is available.

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    Continuing Education Credit

    This activity is eligible for one (1) continuing education credit/contact hour for Nurses (including California-based nursing professionals through CBRN), California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. AABB reserves the right to reduce or increase the number of credits granted based on the final activity duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage. Please note: This program is not eligible for continuing medical education credit for physicians.

    There is no financial support for this activity.

    Claiming Credit
    Live Activity - Upon completion of the live activity, you will receive instructions to complete your evaluation, which is necessary to claim credit and receive your certificate of attendance/completion (credit must be claimed by the date provided in the instructions). The evaluation can be found by logging into the AABB Education Platform.

    Enduring Activity - Once the enduring (on-demand) program is available, you will receive instructions to access the AABB Education Platform. Upon completion of viewing the enduring activity, you will need to complete the evaluation, which is necessary to claim credit and receive your certificate of completion (credit must be claimed by the date provided in the AABB Education Platform).

    Program & Credit Expiration Dates:

    • Live Activity Program Date: February 14, 2024; Credit Expiration Date: March 14, 2024
    • Enduring Activity Program Dates: February 14, 2024 – February 13, 2027; Credit Expiration Date: February 13, 2027

    Disclosure Declaration

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

    Faculty Biographies

    Christopher BocquetChristopher Bocquet serves as the Senior Director for Standards and Quality Initiatives at AABB. In this role Christopher oversees all AABB Standards Committees as they work to create new editions of AABB Standards and associated Guidance documents.

    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 the Blood Banks and Transfusion Services Standards Committee.

    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.

    Susan Wilson has extensive experience in the field of blood bank and transfusion medicine. Previous roles include supervision and management at both small community hospitals and large tertiary care facilities. She served in various technical and management positions at donor blood collection, manufacturing, distribution and testing facilities and is knowledgeable in the standards and regulations pertaining to these operations.