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August 19, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(16):1417. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910510035013

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Representatives of the American Medical Association, American National Red Cross, American Association of Blood Banks and the American Hospital Association have been meeting to aid in the development of the best possible blood transfusion service for physicians, hospitals and patients who use the blood— in fact, in the interest of national unity throughout the country. After carefully considering the information available, these representatives declared that it seemed advisable to cooperate with the National Security Resources Board by, in time of peace, providing for free exchange of blood between the American National Red Cross Regional Blood Centers and blood banks operating under other auspices on a unit for unit basis whenever and wherever it is needed to serve to the best advantage the interest of the community. It seems advisable for such units to be the property of the recipient blood bank to be used in accordance with its usual policy

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