South Africa Lifts Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

According to a May 21, 2014, International Business Times report by Ludovica Iaccino, “Gay South African men are now allowed to donate blood as a new non-discriminatory policy has been implemented by the government … Prior to the new policy, gay men were seen as having a high risk of being infected with HIV and could only […]

New OTIS Advisory Council to Help Drive Safety and Process Improvement in Blood Banks and Laboratories

FOUNTAIN VALLEY and NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.—March 19, 2014—Nouvation has created a new advisory council to help guide continued enhancements to its OTIS®-Blood Bank and OTIS®-Laboratory software. “We are grateful to these six seasoned advisors for their expert counsel as we continue to fine-tune our deviation-tracking-and-trending solutions relative to practitioner needs and regulatory requirements,” said Nouvation […]

Talking Transfusion Safety & More

Feb. 22, 2014 For those of you tuning into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I don’t have to explain how dangerous even the smallest deviation can be. Take ski jumping, for instance, which finally admitted females after the evidence showed it wouldn’t make ladies’ uteri fall out (breaking heads and bones was evidently not […]

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (ABC) Deploys OTIS

CHARLOTTE, N.C., and FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.—Nov. 1, 2013—The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in Charlotte, N.C., announced today that it recently implemented OTIS®-Blood Bank 8—an occurrence tracking information system developed by Nouvation—to facilitate process improvement and regulatory compliance. “Our hospital partners expect us to be vigilant in promoting blood product safety while ensuring an […]

What are FDA/AABB Inspectors Looking For?

Our OTIS Blood Bank managers and QA directors are detecting an increased emphasis in FDA and AABB inspections on examining an institution’s follow through on the investigation of documented deviations. The inspectors are looking for positive resolution of the issues that generated the deviations. Our users have found that OTIS provides the intuitive and thorough […]

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