Accreditation granted Nanticoke Memorial by Assoc. of Blood
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,"
"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
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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