MONTREAL, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - From June 13 to September 4,
71,615 donors stepped forward to make this season a summer full of life by taking part in one of the 520 blood drives organized by Héma-Québec
to maintain an optimal blood supply for all Quebecers.
Summer is always a critical time for the supply of blood products, but
demand this year was especially high. There was a 5% increase in the
need for blood over last year. To meet demand, Héma-Québec had to
collect 6,000 more blood donations this summer alone. Thanks to the
generosity of donors, and especially the 7,670 new donors who gave
blood for the first time, this goal was met. Héma-Québec was also able
to meet the increased demand from hospitals thanks to the mobilization
of blood drive organizing committees and volunteers who overwhelmingly
answered the call.
Donors are invited to continue giving generously since the demand for
blood remains high this fall. Opportunities to give blood exist every
day of the week at one of the organized mobile blood drives or at
GLOBULE Blood Donor Centres in Centre Laval and Place Versailles in
Montréal, and Place Laurier in Québec City.
Each blood donation is vital to help save lives. Every 80 seconds,
someone in Québec needs blood. All healthy individuals who are 18 years
of age or older and who meet Héma-Québec's eligibility criteria can
give blood every 56 days or six times a year. To learn more about
making a blood donation, call 1 800 343-SANG (7264) or visit
Héma-Québec's website at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca.
Héma-Québec aims to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe,
optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to
meet the needs of all Quebecers provide and develop expertise along
with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of
transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.
Héma-Québec counts 1,300 employees, some 3,000 blood drives and more
than 300,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 partner volunteers and
more than 500,000 blood products annually delivered to hospitals in
Québec to fulfill patients' needs.
Give blood. Give life.
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