AABB regularly surveys its members for information about blood collection, utilization and current practices. The AABB survey results are shared with AABB members, who use them for benchmarking and to better understand the current state of the field. Additionally, AABB uses these data to identify industry trends and to inform AABB’s decision making, planning and policy positions.
Building on the success of the AABB COVID-19 Hospital Transfusions Service Surveys, conducted in 2020 and 2021, AABB is building out a robust data infrastructure to better capture important information about the strength and stability of the blood supply and about the practice of transfusion medicine.
Prior to this project, there were no national data collection efforts to provide current and reliable information about blood collection and transfusion across different blood centers and hospitals. This absence of data has led to significant challenges in evaluating the state of the blood supply, which is particularly important given current supply of platelets and group O red blood cell components.
This project was born from discussions about these challenges; AABB created a working group to develop a survey instrument to collect basic information on platelet and Group O RBC numbers. This effort will rely on an annual baseline survey coupled with monthly reports for each participating facility. The goal is to identify trends in collection, utilization, and to capture the frequency and impact of shortages or of spikes in use on the blood supply. The graphic below illustrates this for hospital data.