Terrance Geiger, MD
The most prestigious award given by the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks
is the Diggs Award, named for the late
Lemuel W. Diggs, M.D.
The award is given annually at the
spring meeting of the Association.
Below is a listing of the Recipients.
Nominations due prior to
annual Spring Meeting.
DEADLINE: March 16, 2019
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"Form - TABB Diggs Award Nomination"
A Portrait of Dr. L. W. Diggs
by Ann Bell
The outstanding medical career of
Dr. Lemuel Whitley Diggs
began in 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee,
when he joined the faculty of the
University of Tennessee as
Assistant Professor of Pathology.
His main duties consisted of
supervising the clinical laboratories,
including the transfusion.
Dr. Diggs filtering blood through
gauze into a Kelly flask held by
Ms. Alice Jean Keith. 1938.
The needle was inserted from above downward in order to “meet the blood head on.” The first ten bloods that were collected and refrigerated were grossly contaminated with bacteria and could not be used.
This experience immediately led to the adoption of a closed system of collection.
To remove fibrin clots the blood was filtered through multiple layers of cotton gauze, spread over a funnel, into a Kelly flask.