Blood Supply - Héma-Québec has the situation under control

MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec is able to meet the needs of all Québec hospitals. Its blood collection operations and supply to hospitals are under control. All of the blood products currently available to hospitals are safe.

Tests on quarantined products will continue over the next few days. Based on these results, safe products will be put back into circulation and the others will be destroyed.

Héma-Québec has taken the necessary measures to meet the needs of hospitals. There is therefore no current shortage of blood.

We would also like to stress that patients who recently received transfusions all received products that were deemed safe, and there is no risk to their health.

As a precautionary measure, Héma-Québec asked Québec hospitals to temporarily quarantine certain blood products Wednesday night due to microscopic punctures found on a few blood bags.

About Héma-Québec 

Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; to provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

Héma-Québec encompasses 1,300 employees, some 3,000 blood drives and more than 160,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 volunteers and more than 500,000 blood products delivered annually to Québec hospitals to meet the needs of patients.

Give blood. Give life.

SOURCE: Héma-Québec

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