The Lifeline Blood Services Quality Assurance

AABB quality systems are important to the facilities that seek to improve the outcomes of their facilities. However, the most efficient facilities do not dwell on one method of quality assurance but they take a holistic approach when embracing compliance. According to administrators, quality assurance goes beyond the basic guidelines of compliance and it involves concerted efforts by the whole organization. When an organization embraces quality assurance, it is bound to overcome several hurdles. For instance, the director of Lifeline Blood Services notes that this facility witnessed sweeping changes when it embraced quality and regulatory services. Quality assurance was also a unifying factor for Lifeline Blood Services’ staff members because it outlined simplified organizational missions for the institution. The unity that comes with quality processes is cemented by the fact that employees come together during training and output improvement activities.

Organizational growth is closely associated with improvements in quality assurance practices. An organization’s increasing growth translates to more operations for an institution. The manager of Houston Memorial’s blood bank reckons that quality assurance was an important component of organizational growth when the organization’s three hospitals were brought under the same management. This sentiment is replicated at Northside Hospital where quality processes have helped the organization to drive up its operations by over three hundred percent. The institution has taken quality control measures that involve screening blood and bone marrow samples for diseases that are not stipulated by the FDA. Consequently, the hospital has embraced a culture of error management and improved communication among its staff members. The Northside Hospital’s poster for transfusion support indicates how the organization has embraced quality processes. Consequently, the patients who take part in this process are assured of error-free procedures at the hands of Northside’s staff members. Northside’s manager notes that the hospital’s efforts have paid off. For instance, statistics indicate that Northside Hospital had one of best survival rates for allogeneic and unrelated donor transplants in the United States in the period beginning from 2007 to 2009.

The need for quality assurance goes beyond the borders of the United States. For instance, the Polish Stem Cell Bank has always employed top-notch quality assurance methods in the course of its operations. Over a ten-year-period, the activities of the Polish Stem Cell Bank have grown ten-fold. The Chief Executive Officer of the Polish Stem Cell institute notes that quality assurance improves the integrity of products and saves time. The Polish organization also reckons that quality assurance saves the institution money because it ensures consistency. In Brazil, the director of Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Jose Maulo, admits that his organization uses quality assurance programs to master the entire quality-system.