Héma-Québec announces implementation of a new blood donation method at Globule Blood Donor Centres



    MONTREAL, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec announces the implement of
apheresis double red cell donation beginning today at Laurier Québec Globule
Blood Donor Centre in Sainte-Foy. A first in Canada, double red blood cell
donation will be introduced progressively at Montréal's Place Versailles and
Laval's Centre Laval Globule Blood Donor Centres.
    Apheresis donation of multiple blood components will also be introduced
in the next few months. This new procedure will first begin at Laurier Québec
Globule Blood Donor Centre in November, 2009.
    The Globule Centres at Montréal's Place Versailles and Laval's Centre
Laval will begin apheresis double red cell donation in mid-December, 2009,
followed by apheresis donation of multiple blood components in March, 2010.

    Apheresis: making the most of every donation

    The use of apheresis donation is growing in Québec and around the world.
Use of this method makes it possible to meet demand for blood products more
safely and efficiently, and allows Héma-Québec to meet the growing demand for
Rh negative packed red cells.
    Apheresis donation is simple, safe and efficient. Apheresis is a process
linked to the donor's arm that extracts and separates blood components during
a blood donation. This makes it possible to collect red blood cells, platelets
and plasma separately or in combination. The required components are drawn out
and the unused components are returned to the donor. The donor's body begins
to replace the collected components once the donation is completed.
    The apheresis process allows selective collection of blood components
(red blood cells, platelets and plasma). Apheresis donation makes it possible
to safely donate a larger quantity of blood components required for a given
blood type while the donor is at the Globule Centre. Apheresis also allows
more than one blood component to be collected during a single donation.
    Thanks to these new collection options, Héma-Québec is better equipped to
respond to the needs of hospital patients. As transfusion patients should
ideally receive blood components that are compatible with their blood type, a
constant supply of components is required for each blood group. The blood
reserve thus requires careful planning. Apheresis donation allows demand to be
met more efficiently.

    About Héma-Québec

    Héma-Québec aims to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe,
optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet
all Quebecers' needs; 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 2,000 blood drives and more than
300,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 partner volunteers and more than
485,000 blood products annually delivered to hospitals in Quebec to fulfill
patients'needs.

    Give blood. Give life.




For further information:

For further information: Valérie Legault, Information Officer, (514)
832-0871, vlegault@hema-quebec.qc.ca; www.hema-quebec.qc.ca; Source: Laurent
Paul Ménard, External Communications Director

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