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To the Editor:—
I wish to call attention to a problem in having blood available for elective operations. In most elective operations of our experience, blood needs are determined at least a few days before the patient goes to the operating room. In most cases, the determination of the patient's blood group is not made until the afternoon before the scheduled operation and then stat orders are sent to the blood bank for the required number of blood units of the patient's specific blood group. In cases of a rare blood group, in some instances it is necessary to postpone operations because blood of that specific group was not available. This problem could be greatly minimized if the blood bank were given notice by the surgeon at least two days prior to the date of operation. The procurement of a sufficient amount of the specific group is one of the
Edward J. Madden. Typing of Blood for the Elective Operation. JAMA. 1966;195(8):701. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080141054