The 32nd edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services details the latest standards of practice in blood banking and transfusion medicine. As in the past, each chapter heading represents one of the Quality System Essentials and the quality standards are supplemented by technical requirements. Significant changes include:
- Standard 1.4 requires policies, processes, and procedures to address operational continuity in times of risk. Standard 1.4.1 requires a policy to address product inventory shortages.
- Standard 5.2.1 #5 requires mitigation strategies for postdonation iron deficiency.
- Standard 5.2.2 now requires that a parent or legally authorized representative is informed of the potential adverse effects before granting permission for donation.
- Standards 5.8.5, 5.8.6, 5.8.7, and Reference Standards 5.1.6A and 5.4.1A now include the requirement for Zika virus RNA testing and explain when/when not to use nucleic acid testing for Babesia spp.
- Standard 5.19.7 now requires facilities to have a policy on indications for the use of cold-stored platelets, specifically in trauma settings.