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To the Editor.—
National blood policy advocates the regionalization of blood donor recruiting activities. This is believed to increase the efficiency of recruiting efforts by eliminating competition for donors. One of the casualties of such a plan will be the hospital blood bank donor room. Donor rooms serve many functions in a hospital, and many of these functions cannot be assumed by a community donor program. To remain open with any efficiency, a donor room needs business of enough volume to be economical. If recruiting and drawing donors are to be taken away from the hospital entirely, the donor room programs will become uneconomical and thus succumb. Not all hospital donor room programs can be defended, but some few have merit and should be continued.In our community, our primary blood supply is from the Red Cross. Of the 27 hospitals in the community, only 13 still draw donors and
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