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


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.


    Image of Lisa ButtonLisa Button
    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.


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    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.)


    Note: No credit is offered for this Phlebotomy presentation.

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