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To the Editor:—
The article, "Development of a Service Clinical Anesthesia Laboratory" (201:686, 1967) by William J. Murray, is of interest in emphasizing the wellknown value of having prompt laboratory service available for patients in surgery and in the recovery room.We must question, however, both the desirability and the feasibility of having this done in a special laboratory that has been set up for this purpose only. In this day of concern for hospital costs, it is difficult to justify the duplication involved in setting up a separate laboratory for the purpose of providing a limited number of procedures on patients during the short time that they are in the surgery area. By working in cooperation with the pathology laboratory service, it has been proven that all of these services can be provided to the surgery patient as rapidly as Dr. Murray mentions. Advantages of this cooperative approach,
Gausewitz PL, Kristensen KA. The Clinical Anesthesia Laboratory. JAMA. 1967;202(13):1152. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130260074021