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
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.
Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director, Blood Bank,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Assistant Medical Director for UCSF Transfusion Service, Assistant Clinical Professor for Dept. of Laboratory Medicine,