Thursday, December 23rd, 1999
Accreditation granted Nanticoke Memorial by Assoc. of Blood Banks
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks, according to Audrey McClaine, Laboratory Process Coordinator. Accreditation follows an intensive on-site inspection by specially trained representatives of the Association and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB.
By successfully meeting those requirements, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital joins more than 2,000 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB accreditation.
"The AABB's inspection and accreditation procedures are voluntary," McClaine explained.
"Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance."
Since 1958, the AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services.
The Accreditation Program assists blood banks and transfusion services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the facility meet established requirements.
Established in 1947, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is the professional society for approximately 2,200 community, regional, and Red Cross blood centers; hospital-based blood banks and transfusion services; and over 8,800 individuals engaged in blood bank and transfusion medicine.
Its member facilities are responsible for collecting virtually all of the nation's blood supply and for transfusing more than 80 percent of the blood used for patient care in the United States.
The AABB sets standards, assesses and accredits blood collection and transfusion facilities, and provides continuing education and information.

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