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The American National Red Cross has been responsible for the national blood program for the armed forces and has been active in the procurement of blood for civil defense. The Department of Defense has been dependent on the Red Cross to supply the requirements of the Department throughout this period of national emergency incident to the Korean campaign. As a result of the seriousness of the current situation and the need of the Department of Defense for blood plasma within the military departments, a directive has been issued by the Department to the three military services relative to the establishment of a Department of Defense blood collection program. The directive reads:
Department of Defense supplies of dried human blood plasma have been gravely depleted by the demands of the Korean campaign. Its continued availability for military purposes is vital. It is imperative that action be taken to insure that an
NEED FOR BLOOD. JAMA. 1951;147(2):169. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190069013