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To the Editor:—
Supplementing my communication in The Journal, May 19, I wish to call attention to the results obtained at the Mary Immaculate Hospital, adjacent to the Blood Bank of Queens County, as submitted to me by the obstetric department. Excepting one death from a brain tumor and one from pneumonia, there was not amaternal death for a period of one year. There were 1,736 deliveries. This was due in part to having blood of the proper type and Rh factor available at the moment the patient entered the delivery room.When the obstetrician draws blood for a Wassermann test in the early stages of pregnancy he also determines the type and Rh factor of the patient and on admission to the hospital blood of her type and Rh factor is placed in an ice box adjacent to the delivery room in case of need. Blood of all types
Madden EJ. BLOOD BANK OF QUEENS COUNTY, INC.. JAMA. 1945;128(12):900. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290062023