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TITLE:  DoD Instruction 6480.4, "Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) Operational Procedures", 08/05/1996

SUMMARY: This Instruction: (1) Implements policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures under DoD Directive 6000.12 to carry on the responsibilities of the ASBP during peacetime, contingency, and wartime operations.(2) Reissues DoD Instruction 6480.4, march 19, 1982 and prescribes the standard terminology and planning factors in enclosure 3 for use in computing mobilization requirements for the blood products (BPs) needed for the treatment of conventional wartime casualties. Those factors do not include electrolytes, colloids, or fluid requirements. (3) Establishes the requirement for publishing and/or procurement and utilization by military blood bank (BB) facilities of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) Standards (Army Fm 8-70; NAVMED P-5120; AFM 41-111; "Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion services," AABB, current edition), the AABB Technical Manual (Army TM 8-227-3, NAVMED P-5101, AFM 41-119, "Technical Manual of the AABB", current edition), and the "Accreditation Requirements Manual," current edition, AABB. (4) Establishes the requirement for procurement and use by military BB elements of the 21 CFR, parts 200- to 299, 600 to 799, and 800-899, current edition, and implementation of BB procedures, as appropriate. (5) Defines the responsibilities of the Secretary of the Army as the DoD Executive Agent for the ASBP Office (ASBPO), and defines review and guidance responsibilities of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (6) Defines the responsibilities of the Secretary of the Air Force as the DoD Executive Agent for the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratories (ASWBPL) and the blood transshipment centers (BTCs) and/ or transportable BTCs (TBTCs).

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OPR:  ASD(HA), 703-697-2112