Yokota blood program invites AF inspection team
By Staff Sgt. Taylor A. Workman, 374 AW
/ Published January 27, 2020
YOKOTA AIR BASE, JAPAN --
The Transfusion Services department of the 374th Medical Group invited an Air Force-level inspection team to evaluate the blood bank program Jan. 24.
The Food and Drug Administration and College of American Pathologists routinely inspect the program for full compliance and quality assurance, but this year, Capt. Jenifer Mouser, 374th Medical Support Squadron Clinical Laboratory flight commander, sought out an additional review from the Air Force inspection team.
Because the blood housed in the Yokota laboratory is life-saving, it is crucial that we are held to the highest possible standards, said Mouser. Transfusion Services Airmen are working closely with the inspectors to ensure compliance, streamline processes and drill for the next inspection from the CAP in mid-February.
“We conducted a total of 38 blood transfusions last year alone,” said Mouser. “They are most often used for mothers who lose a significant amount of blood during childbirth, or for cancer patients to ensure they are strong enough to be transferred for specialized care.”
Already, the lab has initiated a new software program that streamlined the collection of storage temperature readings, updated operating instructions for technicians and improved the efficiency of their record collection.
Mouser says her team will continue to meet the FDA and CAP requirements and deliver safe blood products to Yokota patients.