With actual delivery of dried human blood plasma now being made to units of the U. S. Navy, the initial phase of the program under which the armed forces of the United States are obtaining this life-preserving substance for emergency transfusions has been brought to a successful conclusion. Marking this success was the announcement August 2, that the American Red Cross is extending its blood collection program to key metropolitan cities in the midwest and on the Pacific coast. This expansion is being made in response to a request of the Surgeons General of both the Army and Navy.
The first phase of the program consisted of a “pilot” project in which blood donors of five eastern cities filled a request for 15,000 donations. The expanded program calls for a minimum of 200,000 donations, each averaging about 1 pint.