Report of Artery Bank Services.—
The anniversary of four years of services by the artery bank at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, maintained by the Los Angeles Heart Association, was observed recently. As of June 23, the bank had distributed 925 segments to physicians, mostly for surgery in hospitals in Los Angeles County, according to Dr. Leon J. Tragerman, chairman of the association's Artery Bank Committee. Arteries have been issued for emergency surgery in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and other areas of California. New equipment, recently installed, has reduced the association's cost of processing to $35 a segment. The arteries are provided without charge to the patients, however, as a community service of the heart association. Each segment is inspected, sealed in a tube, labeled, and stored until needed; 1,392 arteries, which are obtained through wills or donations by next-of-kin, have been processed by the artery bank.