Joint Commission updates blood transfusion requirements

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 29, 2010

In the latest issue of The Joint Commission Online newsletter, The Joint Commission announced that after receiving requests from the field to allow automated identification technology, such as bar coding, it has reconsidered its position regarding a two-person verification process for blood transfusions. After consulting with safety experts, referring to academic literature, and working with healthcare organizations that use this technology, The Joint Commission agrees that the use of automated identification technology can contribute to patient safety, and therefore a one-person verification process accompanied by automated identification technology is acceptable in lieu of a two-person verification process.

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