Subject Description

Quality systems are designed to ensure quality in complex processes through a standardized set of components. This presentation will explore the relevance of quality systems in transfusion medicine. At the conclusion of the session, the participant should be able to define the regulatory bodies and their scope in transfusion medicine, describe the make-up of a quality system, and identify how TSOs can use quality systems in their initiatives.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the governing bodies in transfusion medicine
  2. Understand components of a quality system and their application in transfusion
  3. Explain how quality principles apply to initiatives for the TSO

Level of Instruction


Author / Speaker

Houston 'Buddy' Nguyen

Houston "Buddy" Nguyen BSCLS, MT (ASCP), BIT

Director of Hospital Engagement and Education
Cerus Corporation

Houston “Buddy” Nguyen is a Hospital Implementation Director at Cerus Corporation where he is focused on assisting hospitals with implementing INTERCEPT, or pathogen-reduced, products. Buddy is a medical technologist with degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and in Information Technology.

He has experience working in hospital clinical laboratories and spent more than 10 years in laboratory management before successfully implementing a Patient Blood Management (PBM) Program as a Transfusion Safety Officer (TSO) at Northwest Texas Healthcare System for three years. He then moved on to Blood Systems Inc. (BSI) where he was a TSO and Quality Source Consultant. At BSI, Buddy was also a standing faculty member and co-developer of the Blood Systems Transfusion Safety Officer Training Program.

Additional Information

Cerus Corporation is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

P.A.C.E.: 368-058-22
Contact Hour: 1
Expires on: Apr 22, 2024 at 11:59 pm CT

Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education

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    • • 200MB of hard drive space
    • • Intel x86 processor
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