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Blood Assurance Director to train staff of Guyana’s only Blood Bank

GEORGETOWN -Mona Dilbeck, technical director at Blood Assurance, will travel to the country of Guyana on June 17 for one week to train the staff of the country’s only blood bank.

Ms. Dilbeck was asked by representatives from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Public Health Laboratory in Guyana to conduct the training process.

Her primary responsibility will consist of training the blood bank’s new quality assurance employee, as well as the laboratory staff.

Ms. Dilbeck brings 37 years of blood banking experience to the staff in Guyana. She was the 2005 and 2008 recipient of the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks (TABB) President’s Award, as well as the 2010 TABB Diggs Award. In 2003, she was recognized as the National Marrow Donor Program’s Hall of Fame Winner and has served as an assessor of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) since 1999.

According to Ms. Dilbeck, the training is crucial in helping the country of Guyana to provide a safe supply of blood to its patients, specifically by teaching them to perform audits as part of their testing methods.
“They want to do a good job, but they don’t have the proper training or adequate reagents and equipment to do their job,” said Ms. Dilbeck.
Since the staff has received only minimal training, Ms. Dilbeck believes the process will provide assurance of donor safety and product safety.

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