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Managing Today's Transfusion Committee: What Should It Look Like? Program Overview

On September 24, 2018, the Blood Systems organization united under one shared name, Vitalant. Programs posted prior to that date may contain legacy branding.

Program Description

While not specifically mentioning that a committee must oversee transfusion service, activities or the resolution of adverse transfusion outcomes, many activities needing to be monitored for compliance with federal regulations and accreditation requirements lend themselves to an oversight committee.

By including the oversight structure in the bylaws, the governing body, medical staff and administrative officials become legally accountable, which may encourage allocation of adequate resources for measuring, assessing, improving and sustaining the hospital’s performance and reducing risk to transfused patients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the regulatory and accreditation requirements for blood transfusion practices and adverse outcomes.
  • Describe the role of the Transfusion Committee in establishing successful blood utilization practices.
  • Identify the Transfusion Committee’s functions for ensuring patient safety and treatment efficacy throughout the blood transfusion process.
  • Describe the responsibilities of a Transfusion Safety officer.

Level of Instruction

  • Basic

Speaker Credentials

Barbara Swanson, M.Ed, M.T. (ASCP), CQA (ASQ) is currently a Quality Source consultant, Blood Systems, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ.

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  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
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