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December 27, 1985

Reducing the Costs of Screening Blood for Unexpected Antibodies-Reply

Author Affiliations

Blood Bank Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center Los Angeles

JAMA. 1985;254(24):3424. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360240035020

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In Reply.—  We wish to thank Peter Issitt for his thoughtful comments about our recent report in The Journal. We plan to compare the albumin-to-IAT method we currently use when testing serum samples for unexpected antibodies with the saline-to-IAT method. If the comparison shows the saline-to-IAT method to be comparable with the albumin-to-IAT method, our pretransfusion compatibility testing protocol will be modified so that an additional cost reduction can be effected in our laboratory.