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July 22, 1950

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JAMA. 1950;143(12):1072. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470032014

SURVEY OF BLOOD BANKS  The first survey of all kinds of blood banks in the United States and possessions has been published by the Bureau of Medical Economic Research as Bureau Bulletin 75. This bulletin, which is a report to the Committee on Blood Banks of the American Medical Association, lists 1,648 blood banks; 1,636 of these are located in 951 cities of the 48 states and the District of Columbia. There are 1,571 hospital blood banks, 31 Red Cross regional blood centers and 46 nonhospital blood banks; they issued 60 per cent, 12 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively, of the 3.5 million units (pints) of whole blood used during 1949. For the purpose of this survey the Committee on Blood Banks tentatively decided to classify as a blood bank any institution which stores blood, whether or not it also procures and processes blood. The ten conclusions and

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