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Blood Transfusions / Hepatitis #215164

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Feb 27, 1971
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(Studio) Hepatitis from blood transfusions problem.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(No location given) 1 of 10 recing. transfusions of commercial blood contract hepatitis. [Dr. Constantine PATOLUS - in response to reporter questions, says hospital uses commercial blood since not enough volunteer blood available; using commercial blood lesser of 2 evils, since greater risks from not making transfusions.] Red Cross able to collect less than half blood needed annually; 27% blood from commercial blood banks. [National Institutes of Health, Dr. Paul SCHMIDT - says study shows chances 4 or 5 times greater getting hepatitis from commercial blood than non-commercial.] [Chicago Red Cross Dr. Aaron JOSEPHSON - says AMA voluntary blood donor program not approved until 3 years ago, need for program not understood.] AFL-CIO against commercial blood banks. [AFL-CIO spokesperson Leo PERLIS - says Red Cross needs to begin ntnwide. campaign for more voluntary donors.] [American Red Cross president George ELSEY - says have plans to increase percent voluntary blood; hope to become independent of commercial blood.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Mudd, Roger;
Schorr, Daniel

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