The Siouxland Community Blood Bank has been granted AABB accreditation for Donor Center Activities.
Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks). By successfully meeting those requirements, the Siouxland Community Blood Bank joins similar facilities located throughout the United States and around the world that also have earned AABB accreditation.
"The AABB's accreditation procedures are voluntary," said Janette Twait, CEO for the Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "We have sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety."
Established in 1947, AABB is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of science and the practice of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. AABB is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs and service to optimize patient and donor care and safety.
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank was been meeting the blood needs of hospitals in Siouxland since 1967. To be eligible to donate blood, the donor must be 17 years of age (16 with a signed parental consent form found at www.siouxlandbloodbank.org), be at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and must not have donated whole blood within the past 56 days.
For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives in your area, call 1-800-798-4208 or visit their website at www.siouxlandbloodbank.org