The original caption may contain language which is historic and which may no longer be considered appropriate. It has been retained in the record in the interest of historical accuracy.
The caption on the reverse of the photograph reads: “Production of dried plasma. Picture shows the bottles of dried plasma being packed together with the giving sets in special cases for transport to the Middle East or where needed.”
The outbreak of the Second World War had prompted work investigating the division of blood into its constituent parts, because whole blood was difficult to transport to overseas battlefields. Plasma is the fluid in the blood containing proteins that help blood to clot. Liquid plasma, though more efficient to transport than whole blood, was similarly difficult to convey to battle and administer in the field. Dried plasma was introduced, with the benefits of stability, more economical storage and transportation, and ease of preparation. The “dried plasma sets” packed and despatched overseas consisted of a bottle of dried plasma, a tin box containing sterile giving set, and a bottle of sterile water. It took minutes for the dried plasma to be adequately dissolved in the water; concentrated plasma could be obtained by adding less distilled water. The location in which this photograph was taken is not known. See also MED01/01/1892-1905 and MED01/01/1907. High-resolution copies of this image are available for free for non-commercial use. Please Enquire to place an order.
Source: Historic England Archive
People & Organisations
Photographer: Topical Press Agency Limited
Photographer: Harrison, Norman Kingsley
Health And Welfare, People At Work, Second World War
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