National Organ and Tissue Donation week - Héma-Québec reminds everyone of the importance of declaring your consent to organ and tissue donation



    MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of National Organ and Tissue
Donation week from April 19-26, 2009, Héma-Québec is joining the Ministère de
la Santé et des Services sociaux, Quebec-Transplant and the Chambre des
notaires in their efforts to encourage all Quebec citizens to notify loved
ones of their desire to donate their organs and tissues upon death.
    "During national organ and tissue donation week, take a moment to explain
to your loved ones why organ and tissue donation is important to you and that
you wish to donate your organs when you die. This gesture can make a world of
difference. Each year, thousands of adults and children await tissue or
corneal grafts in order to survive or improve their quality of life," stated
Dr. Francine Décary, President and Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec.
    Indicating your desire to donate your organs and tissues upon death
requires only a few simple gestures. In addition to notifying loved ones,
potential donors need to sign the consent sticker and affix it to the back of
their health insurance card; they can also register with the Registre des
consentements au don d'organes et de tissus of the Chambre des notaires du
Québec (http://www.cdnq.org/fr/).
    As a supplier of blood products, Héma-Québec collects and treats human
tissues, including bone grafts and heart valves, and distributes them to
Quebec's hospitals. Moreover, since May 2008, pursuant to a partnership
agreement with the Banque d'Yeux du Québec, Héma-Québec has been collecting
human eyes for use in corneal grafts.
    Following the example for blood products, Héma-Québec applies the highest
standards to ensure patients have access to safe products.
    For further information on human tissue donation, visit the Human Tissues
section of the Héma-Québec website at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca.

    About Héma-Québec

    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 is 1,300 employees, some 2,000 blood drives and more than
300,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 partner volunteers and more than
450,000 blood products delivered to hospitals in Quebec annually to fulfill
the needs of patients.
    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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