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October 2, 1972

The Blood-Service Complex in New Jersey

JAMA. 1972;222(1):67-72. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210010047011

Examination of the patterns of collection, distribution, and wastage of blood in New Jersey between 1963 and 1969 discloses a progressively increasing failure of volunteer donor collection agencies to satisfy demands for these products, largely due to the fact that falling in-hospital collections have outpaced increases in community and Red Crossaffiliated regional banks. As a result, the proportion of all blood supplied by commercial banks has increased steadily. Efforts to diminish wastage, though laudable, can not be expected to contribute significantly to reducing present deficits in volunteer blood collections. The existing blood-service complex is made up of a very large number of uncoordinated elements, and the relative contribution of various elements probably differs greatly in different areas of the country. Remedies, in turn, will probably have to be sought on a regional, rather than national, basis.