AABB Standards and How They Apply to Blood Bank Pre-Transfusion

Expires: May 23, 2020


Video length: 45 min. 33 sec.



This presentation describes the American Association of Blood Bank’s (AABB’s) pre-transfusion standards and how they apply to a blood bank. Additional consideration will be given to methods used to meet these standards, and a discussion will be held about what the College of American Pathologists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have to say about pre-transfusion activities. Finally, the presentation will review the risks associated with pre-transfusion standard failures, including “wrong blood in tube” (WBIT) and failure to implement or follow the Positive Patient Identification protocols.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify AABB Blood Banks and Transfusion Services standards applicable to pre-transfusion.
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of various platforms.
  • Commit to becoming a critical user of this technology in routine clinical practice.



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Quality Specialist
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic


Intended Audience

This series is appropriate for phlebotomists, phlebotomy managers, phlebotomy educators, and other patient care staff involved in specimen collection.


Level of instruction




The following types of credit are offered for this event:
State of California
State of Florida

To obtain credit:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Complete the posttest and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.
  3. Generate and print your certificate(s).



Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E® contact hour.

State of California

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for State of California. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

State of Florida

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the clinical laboratory sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety credit. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.


Faculty Disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.

National Physician Payment Transparency Program

Mayo Medical Laboratories is not an applicable manufacturer or applicable group purchasing organization (GPO). (GPOs, per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and this program do not trigger any reporting requirements pursuant to Open Payments [Sunshine Act] legislation.)

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