You know all about AABB Standards, but how do you make them practical? Anne Chenoweth gives us her top tips to make your next AABB assessment better!

Anne Chenoweth AABB

Anne Chenoweth MBA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)

Every year, AABB assessors visit thousands of transfusion-related facilities around the world. Their job? Make sure the facility is acting in accordance with AABB Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. These “assessments” (don’t say “inspections!”) are meant to be helpful and interactive. However, every year, like an MP3 stuck on repeat, the same nonconformances show up on assessment reports over and over and over…

How Can We Get Better?

Anne Chenoweth is the person responsible for overseeing those assessors, and she feels your pain! Anne is not just a “regulatory person.” She has an extensive background in hospital-based Transfusion Medicine, and she understands how it feels to be “assessed!” In this interview, Anne takes us through the most common nonconformances identified during AABB assessments, but doesn’t stop there. She also outlines specific, practical steps we can all can take to avoid those pitfalls.

Don’t Have to Worry About AABB?

Maybe you don’t work at an AABB-accredited facility. Or, maybe you do but it’s not your job to get everyone ready for an assessment. Either way, Anne’s tips will still help you and your facility improve. The AABB Quality Systems Essentials overlap in numerous ways with requirements from other accrediting agencies (such as CAP, CLIA/CMS, and FDA), so please don’t discount this information!

When we started becoming more global, moving into all these new areas, we decided that the “American Association of Blood Banks” was not really a good descriptor. We changed the name to “AABB,” kind of like, you know, Prince! We want to be cool!

Anne Chenoweth

About My Guest:

Anne Chenoweth is the Senior Director of the Accreditation and Quality Department for the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks). She obtained her Masters from Johns Hopkins University and certification as a quality auditor from the American Society for Quality.

Anne received her Bachelor of Science/Medical Technology degree at the University of Virginia. She was manager of the transfusion service at Montgomery General Hospital (now MedStar Montgomery) for 20 years. In that capacity, she took a leadership role in numerous redesigns, both operational and organizational.

Anne has been a surveyor for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare since 2008. In that role, she has performed surveys for facilities around the world. In addition, she has delivered numerous society and association quality and performance improvement presentations.

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This podcast episode offers a FREE continuing education activity where you can earn the following types of credit: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, 1 ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Contact Hour (including Florida Clinical Laboratory Credit), and American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) for Continuing Certification (CC, formerly MOC).

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone. Those opinions may not represent those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Anne nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.

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