Quality Assurance in Blood Banking and Its Clinical Impact

Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Symposium on Blood Transfusion, Groningen 1982, organized by the Red Cross Blood Bank Groningen-Drenthe

  • C. Th. Smit Sibinga
  • P. C. Das
  • H. F. Taswell

Part of the Developments in Hematology and Immunology book series (DIHI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Principles and organization of quality assurance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Back Matter
      Pages 21-26
  3. Systems and procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. P. J. Schmidt
      Pages 43-53
    3. R. E. Klein
      Pages 77-82
    4. C. Th. Smit Sibinga
      Pages 83-88
    5. P. C. Das, C. Th. Smit Sibinga, J. Dankert
      Pages 95-101
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 103-111
  4. Personnel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. B. A. Myhre
      Pages 121-127
    3. Back Matter
      Pages 137-144
  5. Clinical efficacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. H. de Beus, C. Th. Smit Sibinga
      Pages 147-156
    3. K. Sintnicolaas
      Pages 157-165
    4. H. W. Reesink
      Pages 167-176
    5. Ch. A. Schiffer
      Pages 177-185
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 213-224
  6. Error analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. H. F. Taswell, C. L. Sonnenberg
      Pages 227-237
    3. C. L. Sonnenberg, H. F. Taswell
      Pages 239-246
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 247-250

About this book


THE PHILOSOPHY OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IN THE BLOOD BANK H. F. Taswell One year before this symposium, Cees Smit Sibinga and I began to discuss an approach to quality assurance in the blood bank which we felt would be both important and practical and could serve as the basis for the choice of subjects to be presented in the symposium. As an introduction to this book, I would like to outline our approach, the subjects chosen and the rationale behind our choice. What is the fundamental purpose of a blood bank and trans­ fusion service? Simply stated, the purpose of a blood bank and transfusion service and of a quality assurance program in blood banking is, for the one to provide and, the other to assure safe and effective transfusion therapy. This objective is in contrast to that of other clinical laboratories. The objective in a clinical chemistry laboratory is to produce accurate test results which will be meaningful to the clinician taking care of his patient. In most clinical laboratories, therefore, the goals of a quality assurance program are largely quantitative, that is, to assure accurate numerical test results. In contrast, in the blood bank, the goals of quality assurance are primarily qualitative, that is, to assure safe and effective transfusion. As a result, two somewhat different approaches to quality assurance are necessary.


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Editors and affiliations

  • C. Th. Smit Sibinga
    • 1
  • P. C. Das
    • 1
  • H. F. Taswell
    • 2
  1. 1.Red Cross Blood Bank Groningen-DrentheThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Mayo Clinic Blood BankRochesterUSA

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