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Upcoming Seminars

Interested in attending a seminar? Contact our Compliance Officer or call 401-453-8599 to register. Registration is appreciated but not mandatory and there are no fees. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome.


Rhode Island Blood Center
405 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908

All audio conferences begin promptly at 2:00pm and are held in the Board Room (unless otherwise noted) on the second floor of the Providence facility. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early.

Blood Inventory Management System: Working between Transfusion Service and Blood Center and Creating the Most Efficient Inventory

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

  • Jennifer Ford, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
  • Phil Kolo
  • Blood utilization in the transfusion service is not a new topic. However, blood utilization has decreased 5% over recent years. This fact needs to be addressed not only by the transfusion service, but also by the blood center. Blood centers may respond by decreasing collections and asking transfusion services to become more efficient in their product management. It is essential the two parties engage in conversations and become proactive in managing their blood supply in the most efficient manner possible. This presentation describes a model for blood center and hospital transfusion service inventory management resulting in decreased outdate rates and better utilization of specific ABO types.

Addressing Common Citations from AABB and CAP

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

  • Nancy Dunbar, MD
  • Holly Rapp, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE; Denise Driscoll, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
  • The AABB and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation programs provide assessment teams to assist in the continual improvement of laboratory quality, safety and operations. This teleconference will present common citations encountered by AABB and CAP assessors and provide suggestions on how to avoid noncompliance. Experts will help you identify best practices based on accreditation standards to maintain and enhance your blood bank's technical performance.

Storage and Transport of Blood Outside of the Blood Bank: Strategies and Controversies

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

  • Robert Braun, MT(ASCP)SBB
  • Ricardo Sumugod
  • The methods of transporting blood for storage and the physical storing of blood outside of the blood bank can be achieved in many ways. Is transporting blood for storage the same as transporting blood for transfusion? This can sometimes be misinterpreted, understanding the requirements and the standards in this area may help strategizing best practice and dispel controversies.