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August 15, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(7):491-492. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770330001007

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Within the last few years many new appliances for blood transfusion have been devised to make the direct transfusion of whole blood safer, simpler and more convenient. It seems however that, in spite of these, more physicians and hospitals prefer and employ the Lindeman multiple syringe method. I feel that with properly trained assistants this method is the safest for both donor and recipient.

How shall the transfusion of whole unmodified blood be done when a patient has an infected blood stream? The possibility of contaminating the donor with the instruments ordinarily used has often been the stumbling block to the use of unmodified blood. Realizing that the multiple syringe method removed this hazard, provided each syringe was used but once during the procedure, I developed the syringe as shown in figure 1. It has greatly simplified this method of transfusion because it eliminates the two most important shortcomings

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