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July 16, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(11):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960110077027

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To the Editor:—  Readers of The Journal who wish to send blood specimens through the mail for blood group antigen and antibodies studies may find some use for the fluid here described. It consists of equal parts of whole blood and Alsever's solution, with a drop of penicillin and streptomycin to give a final concentration of about 30 units and 0.005 mg. per milliliter respectively. With the use of sterile technique the blood is drawn directly into the Alsever's solution, the antibiotic is added promptly, and the container is sealed with a rubber bung for best results. Since November, 1952, I have used this fluid to prepare a diagnostic panel of red cells (PANOCELL), which is shipped unrefrigerated throughout the United States every two weeks via air mail. Recently about 450 different blood specimens were sent in this way from New York to London for blood group studies. All of

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