Rock River Valley Blood Center earns accreditation by AABB

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The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) has been granted accreditation by AABB, according to Roger Hilbert, M.D., medical director at RRVBC.

Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially-trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, RRVBC joins approximately 1,800 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB accreditation.

“The AABB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Hilbert explained. “RRVBC has sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance.” RRVBC has been a member of AABB since it was established as a community blood center in 1952. RRVBC has received accreditation since AABB began this process in 1958.

Since 1958, the AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. The Accreditation Program assists blood banks, transfusion services, cellular therapy facilities, relationship testing laboratories, immunohematology reference laboratories and perioperative services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements. The minimum requirements for accreditation are based primarily on a set of specific standards for the area in which accreditation is being sought. These standards not only reflect the level of professional proficiency for blood banks and transfusion services in the United States, but also provide the basis for practice in similar facilities around the world.

Donating blood is safe and simple. You are most likely able to donate if you are at least 17 years old (16-year-olds may donate in Illinois with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health. Those taking medications are not necessarily disqualified.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Memorial Hospital, SwedishAmerican Health System, Beloit Memorial Hospital, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, Freeport Health Network, Mercy Harvard Hospital and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this country’s supply of blood for transfusion.

from the June 20-26, 2007, issue

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