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July 12, 1913


Author Affiliations

Surgeon to Outpatients, Carney Hospital; Instructor in Clinical Surgery, Tufts College Medical School; Austin Teaching Fellow in Comparative Pathology, Harvard Medical School BOSTON

From the Department of Comparative Pathology, Harvard Medical School, and the General Surgical Service of the Children's Pital, Boston.

JAMA. 1913;61(2):117-118. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350020043018

Every surgeon experienced in arterial surgery appreciates the technical difficulties in transfusing blood from one individual to another. Even after getting donor and recipient connected by whatever method one is using, how common a remark is the following: "Is it running?" and its answer, "I think so," or "I'm not sure." The quantity of blood transfused is always uncertain. It is probably always overestimated. A little is usually enough, probably not more than two ounces in newborn babies. The danger of a septic wrist to the donor is no small risk, although it seldom happens. It is extremely hard to get the patients together without a break in asepsis. Most men do not wear gloves when doing a transfusion—no doubt a small matter—but with the following method one does wear gloves and a perfect asepsis is easily maintained. By the ordinary method the discomfort of the surgeon is frequently great,