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Requirements have been prescribed by the Public Health Council of the State of New York, effective March 1, governing the methods of preparation, distribution and use of human whole blood, human plasma, human serum and other human blood derivatives for transfusion purposes. These requirements, having the effect of law in all areas of the state except New York City, represent, it is believed, the first regulatory action taken by a state body in a field that is growing rapidly in importance not only in relation to war needs but to civilian emergencies as well. In the Boston night club disaster 1,000 units of plasma was used, representing 300,000 cc. of human blood.
The new regulations provide that all laboratory tests required as an aid in determining that blood donors are free from communicable disease, including malaria and syphilis, and tests for sterility required to determine that the blood plasma, serum
NEW YORK PRESCRIBES STANDARDS TO SAFEGUARD USE OF HUMAN BLOOD PRODUCTS FOR TRANSFUSION. JAMA. 1943;121(12):947. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840120049015