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NABH Certification for Blood Banks

NABH accreditation for Blood Banks 
Blood banks are the center where blood gathered as a result of blood donation is stored and preserved for later use in blood transfusion. The term blood bank refers to a division of a hospital where the storage of blood products occurs and where proper testing is performed. A blood bank may be a separate free standing facility or part of a larger laboratory in a hospital. Blood banking includes tasks related to blood collection, processing, testing, separation, and storage.

Blood is a vital connection to having a healthy body, and nearly 5 million people receive blood transfusions every year. Blood banks get blood from blood donors. Most blood donors are volunteers. A certain set of standard tests are done in the lab once blood is donated like blood group of the donated blood, positive or negative antigen, screening for any unexpected red blood cell antibodies that may cause a problem in the recipient. Blood bank collects blood and separates it into various components so that they can be used most effectively according to the needs of patients.

Components of Blood
Blood has various components and each component serves many functions:
Red Blood Cells: These cells carry oxygen to the tissues in the body and are commonly used in the treatment of anemia.

Platelets: They help the blood to clot and are used in the treatment of leukemia and other forms of cancer.
White Blood Cells: These cells help to fight infections and aid in the immune process.
Plasma: The watery liquid part of the blood in which the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended. Plasma serves many functions like help to maintain blood pressure, provides protein for blood clotting, and balances the levels of sodium and potassium.

The need for Blood Banks:
Blood cannot be manufactured outside the body and has a limited shelf life. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatments, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. The special significance of keeping blood in a blood bank includes collections, processing, testing, compatibility, transfusions, and quality assurance. The practicality of storing blood in a blood bank is for future needs in such innovations as artificial kidneys, heart lung pumps for open heart surgery, etc. It plays an important role in patient care. The reason to donate is simple, it helps save a life. But to keep the donated blood safe for future needs, there is a need for blood banks.

Functions of blood bank:
The main functions of the blood bank are:
Recruitment of donors and maintenance of donor is record.
Collection, preservation, and distribution of blood and blood components.
Clinical and therapeutic functions like transfusion and daycare service.
Maintaining a database for various types of blood groups particularly rare 
        blood groups, with details of contact telephone numbers or email, etc.

This is why blood banks should be NABH accredited. Accreditation of blood banks is a voluntary process. All the blood banks must have their accreditation from NABH. The accreditation program by NABH strives to maintain the quality and safety of blood and blood products. The standards provide a framework for quality assurance and quality improvement for blood banks. The standard focuses on patient safety and quality of care. NABH is accreditation important for numerous hospitals and other healthcare providers. There are various benefits of NABH. This accreditation stimulates continuous improvement of blood. 

Prime certification is a premium consultancy service with a team of experienced, skilled, and well motivated professionals dedicated to providing the NABH accreditation for Blood Banks. It handles all the procedures for accreditation such as paperwork, audits, and compliance assurance so that the procedure of accreditation becomes easier and faster and our clients have complete peace of mind.

What is NABH Certification

NABH Standards for Hospitals have been drafted by Technical Committee of the NABH and contains finish set of norms for assessment of healing facilities for concede of certification. The measures give system to quality affirmation and quality change for doctor's facilities. The norms center around tolerant security and nature of patient consideration. The guidelines are similarly appropriate to clinics and nursing homes in the Government and also in the private division.

Benefits of NABH Certification

Following are the key benefits that organization can achieve with implementation of NABH certification system in any hospital or healthcare unit.
  • Patients are benefited with certification most.
  • Accreditation results in high quality of care and patient safety. The patients get services by credential medical staff
  • Rights of patients are respected and protected
  • Patient satisfaction can be evaluated
  • The staff is satisfied a lot, as it provides for continuous learning
  • Accreditation to a healthcare organization stimulates continuous improvement
  • It enables the organization in demonstrating commitment to quality care
  • It also provides opportunity to healthcare units to benchmark with the best
  • Accreditation provides access to reliable and certified information on facilities, infrastructure and level of care

NABH Accreditation Requirements

< Following are the general and technical NABH accreditation requirements that any organization must follow while implementation of NABH system to achieve best results and quick NABH certification:
  • Access, Assessment and continuity of care (AAC)
  • Facility Management and Safety (FMS).
  • Hospital Infection Control (HIC).
  • Care of Patients (COP).
  • Patient Right and Education (PRE).
  • Management of Medication (MOM).
  • Continuous Quality Improvement(CQI)
  • Responsibility of Management (ROM).
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)

Assessment Process of NABH Certification

NABH assessment process involves comprehensive review of hospital’s compliance with NABH’s standards. Primary principles of NABH Assessment are:
  • 1. Hospital operations are based on sound principle of system based organization
  • 2. NABH standards are implemented and institutionalize into hospital functioning.
  • 3. Patient safety and quality of care, as core values, are established & owned by management and staff in all functions at all levels.
  • 4. There is structured quality improvement programme based on continuous monitoring of patient care services