2015 Lab Quality Confab: Randy German in New Orleans

Nov. 3, 2015 Lab Quality Confab Master Session Sheraton New Orleans “Using Real-time Data to Assess Nonconforming Events, Identify Key Indicators of Quality, and Meet AABB and CAP Requirements in Blood Banks and Labs” Randy German, MT(ASCP) SBB—Blood Bank & Laboratory Quality Manager, Hoag Hospital (Newport Beach, Calif.) Many innovative laboratories are devoting more attention […]

‘Biologic Product Deviation Reporting in the Blood Bank’

Sept. 2015 MedicalLab Management (Cover story) “Biologic Product Deviation Reporting in the Blood Bank” By Randy German, MT(ASCP)SBB “. . . In 2006, following an FDA citation related to BPD reporting, Hoag management decided the blood bank’s paper system was inadequate and acquired a BPD software program [OTIS by Nouvation]. In 2011, the general laboratory […]

Process Improvement Webinar: Lieta Maffei

Lieta M. Maffei, MBA, MT(ASCP)SBB, FACHE, discusses: “Problem Management: How Timely Deviation Data Can Streamline Processes and Improve Performance in the Blood Bank and Transfusion Service” OTIS advisor and veteran AABB assessor Lieta Maffei is Principal of Maffei Healthcare Management Consulting (San Diego, Calif.) and former director of quality assurance and compliance at the San Diego […]

Track and Trend Deviations More Quickly with OTIS 9 from Nouvation

HOUSTON, Tex., and AUGUSTA, Ga.—Mar. 4, 2015—Nouvation has released version 9 of its best-in-class OTIS®-Blood Bank and OTIS®-Laboratory software systems. These two highly evolved solutions help healthcare organizations easily track and trend deviations in the blood bank, transfusion service or laboratory. Hospitals, blood banks and labs use OTIS to quickly analyze nonconforming events—then mine this […]

Hospital Blood Bank Guide to Surviving New HIS

Stephanie Hawkins, MT(ASCP), Regional Blood Bank Manager for Providence Health & Services, shares tips on surviving your hospital’s transition to a new HIS. Download Hawkins’ “Survival Guide” Webinar as she takes you through her four secrets to a successful HIS implementation for your blood bank. (Courtesy of Mediware.)

AABB Ebola fact sheet addresses questions about the virus

AABB encourages blood establishments to refer to the AABB Ebola Fact Sheet on the AABB website. From the AABB: “While Ebola is not recognized as a transfusion-transmitted infection (!?!), viremia does occur. However, viremic patients are expected to be symptomatic and therefore unqualified to donate. In addition, infections have been confined to malarious areas from […]

OTIS-Laboratory 8 by Nouvation Enhances Process Improvement and Compliance in the Lab

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. and GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—April 28, 2014—Nouvation recently released a major upgrade of its OTIS®-Laboratory software system to help laboratories further drive process improvement, and comply effectively and efficiently with CAP and Joint Commission accreditation requirements. Laboratories use OTIS, an “occurrence tracking information system,” to track and trend deviations or nonconforming events (NCEs), […]

‘In a Hopeful Vein’–Controversial Study Challenges WHO blood donor guidelines

A new study builds on a body of research showing that economic incentives motivate people to donate blood, says an article entitled “In a Hopeful Vein” in the Spring 2014 Changing Business magazine from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. “This raises the question of whether pure altruism is sufficient to guarantee a sufficient, steady supply […]

Health Care Communicators of San Diego Recognizes ‘Finest’ at San Diego Library Gala

April 11, 2014 SAN DIEGO—San Diego TV personality Kathi Diamant helped Health Care Communicators of San Diego recognize local communicators for exceptional work this past year in healthcare communications as keynote of HCC’s “Once Upon an Evening” Finest Awards last night. Held on the ninth floor of the glamorous new San Diego Central Library, the […]

Why I Donate

By Patrick Fenton* It was a chilly Friday afternoon. Our high-school baseball team was finishing its first week of practice. Though the sun was bright, the temperature was a very breezy 35 degrees. Our coach, a former minor-league baseball player, was a strict taskmaster who seemed to believe the most important skill required for this […]

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