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Medical News & Perspectives
December 2, 1998

New Solution for Preserving Red Blood Cells

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JAMA. 1998;280(21):1815-1816. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1815-JMN1202-3-1

A NEW WAY to preserve red blood cells has been developed that extends their viability from the current 6 weeks to 9 weeks. If the method takes hold, it will make a big difference in the logistics of the US blood supply, said COL John R. Hess, MC, USA, commander of the Blood Research Detachment at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC, in a recent interview. Hess developed the procedure with Tibor J. Greenwalt, MD, who is director of research at Hoxworth Blood Center, part of the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio.