155.001 Laboratory Director Requirements

155.001

Laboratory Director Requirements: The Texas Medical Association supports maintaining the existing requirement calling for the position of laboratory director to be filled by a medical doctor for the following reasons: (a) The director of transfusion services and blood banks must deal directly with surgeons, oncologists, hematologists, obstetricians, pediatricians and other medical professionals on clinical issues regarding therapy (i.e., the type, amount and timing of blood transfusions); (b) The director interprets laboratory data for clinicians and advises on the clinical significance of data (i.e., antibodies and coagulation changes); (c) The director must educate medical staff and physicians-in-training in transfusion medicine; (d) The director must do quality assurance not only for the laboratory, but also on utilization and transfusion practices; and (e) The director must relate to operating room practices and the procedures directly related to patient care (i.e., therapeutic apheresis) (Committee on Blood Banking and Blood Transfusion, p 120, A-91; reaffirmed CSE Rep. 5-I-01; reaffirmed CSE Rep. 8-A-11).

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October 07, 2016