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American Red Cross Blood Services Product Manufacturing Training Program

Program Reviewed

Product Manufacturing Training Program

Credits Available

  • Fundamentals of Blood Center Manufacturing (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Quality Control Testing of Blood and Blood Products (12 credits, upper division level)
  • Quarantine and Labeling of Blood and Blood Products (6 credits, lower division level)
  • Storage and Distribution of Blood and Blood Products (4 credits, lower division level)
  • Whole Blood Component Manufacturing (6 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

March 2012 through October 2021

Source of Records

Anthony Barnes, MBA, Executive Director, Integrated Development and Training

About the Training Sponsor and/or Program or Course(s) or Exam(s)

The American Red Cross Blood Services serves to fulfill the needs of the American people for the safest, most reliable and cost-effective blood services through voluntary donations

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Blood Center Manufacturing (3 credits, lower division level)
This introductory course is a pre-requisite to all specialized blood manufacturing training courses and completed by all Product Manufacturing staff. A focus on identifying suspect products through visual inspection and temperature recording sets up necessary knowledge for subsequent training courses. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) standards and practices are reviewed and assessed for competency. Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) usage is also presented and assessed for competency. Learning Outcomes include:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology related to hematology and blood collection
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of ARC blood services computerized tracking system
  • Identify suspect product via visual inspection, temperature observation
  • Respond appropriately to blood spills in keeping with OSHA and state regulations

Quality Control Testing of Blood and Blood Products (12 credits, upper division level)
This course combines the theory, knowledge and laboratory skills necessary to perform quality control procedures and testing on blood specimens. Focus is on laboratory testing and interpretation needed for viable safe product and proper utilization of product. Learning Outcomes include:

  • Perform manual white blood cell counts.
  • Enter test results into ARCBS computer system.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cell morphology and blood cell identification.
  • Maintain and use hematology analyzers for donor test results to ensure that blood products meet all criteria.
  • Demonstrate understanding of sterile technique and aseptic working conditions.
  • Determine quantity of products that can be obtained from one apheresis collection.
  • Perform bacterial testing.
  • Consistently perform sterile technique to ensure sample safety.
  • Conduct testing of samples.
  • Read and interpret results and manage blood samples based on results.
  • Determine sample sizes for quality control for volume of collection apheresis - platelets, cryoprecipitated (cryo), red blood cell (RBC), etc.
  • Perform equipment maintenance ensuring accurate and reliable test results.

Quarantine and Labeling of Blood and Blood Products (6 credits, lower division level)
This course combines the theory, knowledge and laboratory skills necessary to manage labeling and quarantine processes according to ARCBS guidelines. Learning Outcomes include:

  • Identify and respond to suspect product.
  • Disposal of unusable product in compliance with ARCBS procedures and state regulations.
  • Ship biological samples for further testing.
  • Manage emergency and exceptional release of blood products.
  • Manage labeling processes utilizing the ARCBS computer system.
  • Demonstrate understanding of blood labeling and identify discrepancies.
  • Maintain OSHA and CLIA standards and properly utilize PPEs.

Storage and Distribution of Blood and Blood Products (4 credits, lower division level)
This course combines the theory, knowledge and laboratory skills necessary to properly store, monitor, pack, track and distribute blood and blood products from the ARCBS to hospitals. Learning Outcomes include:

  • Utilize ARCBS computerized system to ship and track blood and blood products.
  • Manage returns of products from hospitals back into inventory or disposal.
  • Consistently perform job duties using proper ergonomics and blood borne pathogen safety.
  • Maintain OSHA and CLIA standards and properly utilize PPEs.

Whole Blood Component Manufacturing (6 credits, lower division level)
This course combines theory, knowledge and lab skills necessary to achieve separation of whole blood components. Learning Outcomes include:

  • Perform laboratory procedures such as visual inspection of the specimen, temperature verification, hard and soft centrifugation and anti-coagulant addition.
  • Maintain integrity of the sample by following strict time regimens and all necessary storage requirements.
  • Prepare specimen for leukoreduction and other separation procedures.
  • Maintain OSHA and CLIA standards and properly utilize PPEs.