A Practical Blood Bank Workbench J. D. MILAM From Si. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston. Texas
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may be used for the storage of personal items. I n the central portion and on each side, there is an electric refrigerated tray (RefrigiSIDE VIEW
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tray*) built in for storage of reagents requiring refrigeration. T h e reagents a r e maintained at approximately 6 C, and quality control checks a r e performed at least daily. It is n e c e s s a r y t h a t t h e self-contained refrigerated tray units be removed from the bench if repairs or replacement becomes necessary. The proximity and easy accessibility o f reagents needing constant refrigeration is a distinct advantage, and the reagents m a y be s h a r e d between two technical workers. Centrally located extensions of the benchtop permit good space for microscopes. Each individual may use his own microscope, or a dual-head microscope may be shared. The transformer of the microscope mounted in the panel beneath the top conserves bench space. This design of workbench has been used at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Texas .Heart Institute for more than four years. Acknowledgments The author is indebted to Mrs. Della Barrientes and Mrs. Deborah Delattre for their assistance. Mr. Henry *Lipshaw Manufacturing Corporation, Detroit, Mich.
Clark oKered valuable suggestions concerning the design of the bench. Mr. Kim D. Handy drew the design in Figures I and 2, and Mr. Kraig Emmert made the sketch in Figure 3.
John D. Milam, Director, Blood Bank and Transfusion Service, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Texas Heart Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine and T h e University o f Texas Medical School at Houston, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas.