Archbold Lab Receives AABB Accreditation

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Archbold Lab Receives AABB Accreditation

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Archbold Memorial Hospital laboratory was recently granted accreditation by the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) for adopting and implementing standards established by leading experts in the blood banking and transfusion medicine field.

The AABB is an international, not-for-profit association that develops and administers standards, accreditations and educational programs and services in order to optimize patient and donor care and safety. To receive accreditation, the Archbold laboratory underwent an intensive on-site assessment performed by a specially trained AABB assessor who evaluated the quality and safety of pre-transfusion testing and administration of blood and blood products at Archbold Memorial Hospital.

The standards set forth by the AABB are based on good medical practice, scientific data and principles associated with manufacturing practices and quality assurance, and are consistent with the US Food and Drug Administration regulations. To remain accredited, Archbold will submit to a biennial peer review assessment to gauge ongoing organizational performance and compliance to AABB standards.

“The assessor deemed the technical and administrative performance within the Archbold laboratory to exceed the conditions required by federal law and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid,” said pathologist Jeff W. Byrd, MD. “The best practices in place in the laboratory earned Archbold this recognition. The accreditation demonstrates that Archbold is committed to patient and donor safety.”