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2020 AABB Annual Meeting On-Demand

AM20-71: Blood Bank Inspections - Staying Prepared, Handling Them, and Following up Effectively

Oct 5, 2020 9:00pm ‐ Oct 5, 2020 9:00pm

Expiration Date: Dec 31, 2022

Credits: None available.

Standard: $25.00
Members: $20.00


Blood banks are the most frequently and intensively inspected of all the clinical laboratories. Inspections are often unannounced so that blood banks need to maintain a high level of vigilance and preparedness. Despite such sustained efforts, blood banks can be caught off guard with either relatively minor non-conformances or major citations that can take considerable effort to respond to, and then rectify. This session will describe how to stay vigilant and prepared for inspections; how most efficiently and appropriately to deal with them when they occur; and how most effectively to follow up after inspections.

Of the three speakers, one will derive from an academic center that experienced a sentinel event and received a major citation; another speaker will be from an academic center that recently experienced several inspections and was issued relative minor citations; and a third speaker will be from a commercial non-academic center involved in high volume blood testing across state lines. This session will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of blood bank inspections and how different academic and nonacademic centers deal with them

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how to keep a blood bank prepared for agency inspections.
  • Review experiences of academic and non-academic blood banks and centers in dealing with inspections.
  • Discuss effective follow-up on blood bank inspections.


  • Jennifer Andrews, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director, Blood Bank, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Sara Bakhtary, MD, Assistant Medical Director for UCSF Transfusion Service, Assistant Clinical Professor for Dept. of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF Health
  • Carlo Esguerra, Creative Testing Solutions


  • Jennifer Andrews, MD : Cerus Corporation: Honoraria
  • Sara Bakhtary, MD : Nothing to disclose
  • Carlo Esguerra : Nothing to disclose

Credits Available

AM20-71: Blood Bank Inspections - Staying Prepared, Handling Them, and Following up Effectively Evaluation

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