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.
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.
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