This presentation will speak to the history of AABB as a professional organization. The rationale for AABB Standards and how they are set and revised will be explained. The use of the AABB accreditation process for risk mitigation and peer to peer performance improvement will be discussed. Ways to use both the standard process and the assessment to improve your organizations performance will be explained.
Speaker: Anne Chenoweth, Senior Director Accreditation and Quality, AABB
Anne Chenoweth obtained her Masters from Johns Hopkins University and her certification as a quality auditor from the American Society for Quality. Anne took her first steps toward a career in blood banking and transfusion medicine at the University of Virginia, where she received her bachelor of science/medical technology degree. She has worked as a medical technologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a sales representative for Curtin Mathison Scientific. Anne was the manager of the transfusion service at Montgomery General Hospital for 20 years. In that capacity she took a leadership role in numerous redesigns, both operational and organizational. Anne has worked closely with the African Society for Safety in Blood Transfusion and the Brazilian Association of Hematology and Hemotherapy.
This presentation was so well received at the ADRP Conference in Indianapolis that it is being scheduled again to reach an even broader audience!
Blood donation is a safe and common activity that meets a critically important community need. When adverse events occur, most are mild and consist primarily of hematomas vasovagal reactions (VVRs). Twi-to-five-percent of whole blood donations result in some manifestations of a VVR, most of which are mild/"pre-faint" in nature. VVRs can occur from the time the donor arrives at the donation site until well after the donation is complete. Such reactions have been associated with fear, first-time donor status, young age, low estimated blood volume and body weight, and female gender. VVRs are particularly frequent in teenage donors.
This presentation will review VVR-related research findings and provide recommendations to recruitment, collections, medical and other colleagues for preventing and managing VVRs in teenage donors.
Speaker: Dr. Mary Townsend, Senior Medical Director, Vitalant
Dr. Townsend has a passion for donors. She has participated in the study and mitigation of donor adverse events for many years with a focus on young donors. She was a member of the AABB Young Donor Adverse Reaction Group, the AABB Donor Biovigilance Working Group, the ISBT Donor Biovigilance Working Party, and has recently chaired the AABB subgroup of the Donor Biovigilance Working Group to develop a tool for grading severity of donor reactions. She has presented on the topic of Donor Adverse Events at national and international venues.
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