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December 4, 1954


Author Affiliations

Brooklyn, N.Y.

From the Division of Immunohematology of the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn and the Serological Laboratory of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City.

JAMA. 1954;156(14):1301-1306. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950140001001

The medicolegal aspects of blood transfusion have recently been the subject of a number of detailed reports.1 It has been pointed out that the performance of a transfusion may be attended by many hazards to the patient. Since blood transfusion has become such an important aspect of surgical and medical treatment, the procedure should be made as free from danger and as fool-proof as possible.2 The purpose of this report is to discuss some of the preventable untoward reactions from blood transfusion and what can be done to avoid them in order to protect the patient from danger and the physician and hospital from unpleasant and costly lawsuits. The fundamental basis of a safe blood transfusion is accurate blood grouping and cross matching tests. The physician giving the transfusion is completely dependent on the laboratory, because mere inspection of the bottle of blood will not help him to

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