AABB's Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine 101: eCast Series

Patient Blood Management Certification - Taking Your Program to the Next Level

August 27, 2020 | 2:00PM to 3:00PM (EDT)


Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Patient Blood Management
Intended Audience: Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director: Richard Gammon, MD, Medical Director, OneBlood, Orlando, FL
Moderator: Marni Dargis, Blood Management Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Stuart, FL
Speakers: Richard Gammon, MD, Medical Director, OneBlood, Orlando, FL; Steven Frank, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine, Director of Johns Hopkins Health System Patient Blood Management Programs, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD; Mitchell Brooks, SBB, Transfusion Service Manager & Transfusion Safety Coordinator, Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside, Jacksonville, FL

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify how to establish clear, consistent protocols and processes that can be universally adopted throughout your organization.
  • Show how to compile information through data mining and involve hospital personnel through PBM defined activities.
  • Contrast successes and failures that occurred during the journey to patient blood management certification.

Program Description

The establishment of a Patient Blood Management (PBM) Program serves as a foundation for good medical practice and evidence-based care for optimizing the outcomes of patients who may be at risk for an unnecessary transfusion. Preparation for The Joint Commission/AABB certification for Patient Blood Management involves establishing clear, consistent protocols and processes that are universally adopted throughout an organization. Compiling information for certification can be overwhelming. This program will provide an overview of how to obtain PBM certification. Three different organizations: a University Hospital, a Hospital System and a large community teaching hospital will all provide experiences of their journey. Examples will be provided of what worked and what did not. This eCast is a must for anyone seeking PBM certification and wanting to take your program to the next level.


    Program #
Single Viewer: Live Register 20EL-568-2031
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register 20EL-568-4031
Group Viewing: Live Register 20EL-568-6031
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register 20EL-568-8031
Group Viewing: Live & On-Demand Register 20EL-568-9931

Continuing Education Credit

AABB estimates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) will be determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biographies

Mitchell Brooks is the Transfusion Service Manager and Transfusion Safety Coordinator at Ascension St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville, FL. Mitchell has been involved with patient blood management for 10 years. He is a specialist in blood bank (SBB) and has a Master’s Degree in Laboratory Management. He serves on the Ascension Health national team for Patient Blood Management, which has implemented single unit transfusion and clinical decision support tools across all Ascension Health facilities.

Dr. Steven Frank is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he specializes in anesthesia for vascular, thoracic, and transplant cases. Dr. Frank is the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Health System Blood Management Program. His recent work relates to clinical studies in the area of collection and analysis of transfusion data from electronic medical records and methods for using such data to improve practice. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal TRANSFUSION, and he has served on the Board of Directors for AABB. He is also on the Patient Blood Management Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Richard Gammon is a subject matter expert in the area of patient blood management. His programs provide hospitals with current evidenced-based transfusion thresholds, management of the transfusion committee and emphasize the importance of appropriate transfusions. Dr. Gammon holds Board Certifications in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine as well as Clinical Pathology. He is a Medical Director for OneBlood and Transfusion Medicine Specialists and an Assistant Professor of Pathology for the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at NOVA Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine topics. Current interests also include Laboratory Management and Utilization, another venue which promotes quality, safe, patient-centered care.

Click here for more about the curriculum for the AABB Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine 101: eCast Series.  AABB eCasts are 60-90-minute interactive, online programs that include a question and answer period. Participants need access to a computer with an active Internet connection to participate. To register for online live and on-demand programs, view AABB’s registration options and pricing here.