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November 2, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(9):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980270064018

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While progress in blood transfusion services is being made locally, there is urgent need for the development of favorable and satisfactory assistance for the exchange of blood or blood credits on the national level. In terminology—to cite just one handicap in current exchange operations — some communities define a blood "unit" as 500 cc. while in others it is 450 cc., or another quantity. There are variances, too, in collection methods and standards, safe storage periods are not universally established or accepted, and there is no mechanism for accrediting blood banks.

These and other problems are natural outgrowths of a situation requiring great patience and understanding, for the separate efforts in blood transfusion service do spring from pure and humanitarian motives. Yet the situation shows a lack of unity calling for the establishment of—in the words of the Joint Blood Council, Inc.—"a national blood program in order to assure an

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