BLOOD BANK ACCREDITATION … A tool for quality improvement
What is Blood Bank Accreditation? 23-Jun-09 Accreditation of Blood Banks
Accreditation is a voluntary process. Its standards are usually regarded as optimal and achievable.
It provides a visible commitment by an organization to improve the quality of and safety of collecting, processing, testing, transfusion and distribution of blood and blood products.
Accreditation has gained worldwide attention as an effective quality evaluation and management tool.
The focus of accreditation is on continuous improvement in the organization by assesses the quality and operational systems in place within the facility. It is not just the achievement of a certificate or award or merely assuring compliance with minimum acceptable standards.
Accreditation focuses on learning, self development, improved performance and reducing risk.
Definition - “A self-assessment and external peer assessment process used by health care organizations to accurately assess their level of performance in relation to established standard and then to implement ways to continuously improve it”. 2
Blood banks/ blood centres are an integral part of health care system. Accreditation would be the single most important approach for improving the quality of blood banks.
It is a Public Recognition of the achievement of accreditation standards by an organization, demonstrated through an independent external peer assessment of that organization's level of performance in relation to the standards.
To envisage a fundamental change in the technical procedures of service delivery, in the appropriate use of available technologies, in the integration of relevant knowledge, in the way the resources are used, and in the efforts to ensure social participation.
Helps improve effectiveness, efficiency and in cost containment, and accountability by reducing errors and increasing safety in the system.
Started in India in the year 2005 by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH).
NABH is a constituent board of Quality Council of India (QCI) set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations.
QCI is an Autonomous body jointly set up by the Government of India and Indian industries to establish and operate National Accreditation Structure.
The board while being supported by all stakeholders including industry, consumers, government, has full functional autonomy in its operations.
Since its inception, NABH has received nearly 87 applications from various hospitals for accreditation, out of which 20 hospitals have been granted accreditation and others are in different stages of processing.
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