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February 20, 1987

Autologous Blood Transfusion

Author Affiliations

Southwest Florida Blood Bank Tampa

Southwest Florida Blood Bank Tampa

JAMA. 1987;257(7):928-929. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390070048016

To the Editor.—  Report H of the American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs1 will assist greatly in establishing regular usage for autologous blood transfusions. The idea of using your own blood for yourself has long appealed to the prospective recipient and has been advocated by blood bankers. The involvement of the clinician in using the service is necessary for success.There is correction needed in the COUNCIL REPORT about the most practical option, ie, predeposit autologous blood. The Council advocates that donated blood undergo "ABO and Rh group testing, antibody screening, and screening for hepatitis B surface antigen and human T-cell lymphotropic virus type III (HTLV-III) antigen." The last words are in error, since testing for the HTLV-III antigen is not done. The available blood bank test of the donor blood is for the antibody to the HTLV-III antigen, not the antigen itself. In addition, the Council has