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April 2015
Laboratory Accreditation / Education / CME

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Laboratory Accreditation: The Business of Blood Banking
Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.

Pathology laboratories undergo accreditation every two years and are inspected by one of several agencies, including the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) to ensure compliance to CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments). Specific clinical laboratories such as blood banks may also be accredited by other organizations such as the AABB. The AABB, established as the American Association of Blood Banks in 1947, has defined standards for tests and procedures in blood banking (eg, donor compatibility, screening blood for infectious disease). These standards are referenced in the most recent edition (29th) of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. As blood bank products fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), blood banks must be registered with this organization and may also be subject to inspection by FDA officials in a manner similar to pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

Compliance to standards for blood banking can apply to laboratories for specialized blood products. For example, developments in stem cell technology have led to the establishment of cord blood banks. Both public and private cord blood banks may be accredited by AABB or FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy), although accreditation may be voluntary in some states.

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  2. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is your trusted resource for all of your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) needs. Explore an enormous variety of continuing education resources, including hundreds of SAM credit offerings, a 25-module MOC Part III exam preparation tool, and the only ABP- and ABMS-approved Patient Safety course created for pathologists. With more than 100,000 active members and over 90 years of experience, you can count on ASCP to provide you with the quality resources needed to handle your certification requirements and excel in your career. Visit ascp.org/MOC to see more today.

  3. Board Vitals is the leading Pathology Question Bank for the boards (AP/CP/MOC). We strongly suggest this question bank as a primary study source - it's over 1,400 questions that can be taken in either review mode or timed mode. Board Vitals also has a higher pass rate than the national average (which was validated by an independent research firm). The benefit of using this type of question bank is exposure to many different concepts in an exam format, instead of the linear thinking of a textbook. Make sure you give yourself at least 2 months to go through all of the questions. The pricing is $129/month.

  4. College of American Pathologists (CAP). Deepen your core pathology knowledge with CAP's Online Learning Series (CME/SAM-eligible).

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  5. Educational Symposia. docmedED.com is an on-demand education delivery platform that utilizes state-of-the-art streaming technology to access continuing medical education lectures presented by top educators and speakers in their specialties. Purchase the entire series, or individual lectures, then view at your convenience via computer, tablet, TV - any device with internet access. Lectures can be viewed as often as you like for three years. The platform will bookmark where you left off, allowing you to resume when you return. Take your time and go at your own pace. Purchase, view & download your CME certificate instantly. Create an account to receive one free hour of CME! For more information call (800) 338-5901 or visit us at http://www.docmedED.com.

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