North Shore-LIJ Seeks Blood Bank Accreditation
August 4, 2011
The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced its intention to achieve accreditation by the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) for all of its 11 blood banks and transfusion service facilities. Currently, six of the 11 are AABB-accredited.
“The benefit of establishing health system-wide membership with AABB is to increase the opportunities of education for North Shore-LIJ clinical staff and enhance the quality of patient care,” said Jim Martone, director of clinical laboratory operations at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. AABB accreditation is recognized worldwide and the accreditation program is one of two programs in North America accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).
“The not-so-obvious benefits allow for us to truly systemize and standardize policy and procedures throughout the blood bank laboratory and health system with no exclusion,” said Mr. Martone. “This aligns very well with the recent creation of a healthcare system blood bank clinical and operational team, comprised of five dedicated blood bank medical directors, a director of operations and an information technology manager for the entire North Shore-LIJ Blood Bank Laboratories.”
Throughout its 11 laboratories, North Shore-LIJ transfuses more than 100,000 red blood cells, 15,000 single donor platelets, 15,000 plasma and 7,000 units of cryoprecipitate.
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, please visit www.aabb.org.
About North Shore-LIJ
The nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The winner of the National Quality Forum’s 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award, North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,600 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. Its workforce of about 43,000 is the largest on Long Island and the ninth-largest in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.
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