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Blood bank - A blood bank is a cache or bank of blood or blood components, gathered as a result of blood donation, stored and preserved for later use in blood transfusions.

An early development leading to the establishment of blood banks occurred in 1915, when Richard Lewison of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York initiated the use of sodium citrate as an anticoagulant. This discovery transformed the blood transfusion procedure from direct (vein-to-vein) to indirect. In the same year, Richard Weil demonstrated the feasibility of refrigerated storage of anticoagulated blood. The introduction of a citrate-glucose solution by Francis Peyton Rous and JR Turner two years later permitted storage of blood in containers for several days, thus opening the way for the first "blood depot" established in Britain during World War I. Oswald Hope Robertson, a medical researcher and U.S. Army officer who established the depots, is now recognized as the creator of the first blood bank.
@dan2003 (147)
December 2, 2006 12:06pm CST
I think we can answer at least one question per day. What do you think? The first question:What is the largest Blood Bank in the World? The answer: The American Red Cross is the world's largest provider of blood, plasma, and tissue products. It supplies almost half the nation's blood by working with more than 4.5 million donors and 3,000 hospitals in a national network of 38 blood regions. The charity established its first blood center in New York's Presbyterian Hospital in 1941. So, now we are a little bit smarter. Can you post a question here? Of course, you have to type the answer too.This way, we all will get some new knowledge
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