This summer, go short-sleeved! - Héma-Québec would like to remind that the need for blood doesn't stop for summer vacation



    MONTREAL, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the Go short-sleeved this
summer campaign launched on June 16, Héma-Québec is calling on everyone's
generosity to maintain the province's blood reserve at sufficient levels, even
during the summer vacation season.
    Despite the arrival of summer, every 80 seconds someone needs blood.
Anyone who is at least 18 years old and in good health can donate blood once
every 56 days, which is 6 times per year. Eligibility for blood donation can
be verified by calling 1-800-847-2525 or by consulting the Blood Donation
section on Héma-Québec's website at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca.
    Donors can save as many as four lives just by spending an hour or so
lying back on one of Héma-Québec's comfortable chair. This summer, the
population is invited to add blood donation to their to-do lists to ensure
that patients have access to sufficient quantities of blood products. To this
end, Héma-Québec will be reaching out to vacationers at many campsites. Those
seeking out air-conditioned spaces will have an opportunity to help save lives
in many shopping malls around the province.
    To find out the locations of blood drives, donors may call 1-800-343-7264
or visit the Blood Drives section on Héma-Québec's website. They can also
visit one of the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centres at Place Versailles or 4045
Côte-Vertu Blvd. in Montreal, or Place Laurier Québec in Sainte-Foy.
    There is no risk of contracting an illness through giving blood, as all
material used is new, sterile, sealed and used only once. Before being
delivered to hospitals, every blood donation is systematically analyzed and
screened for blood-borne infections.

    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; 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 close to
300,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 volunteer partners and more than
450,000 blood products delivered to hospitals in Québec annually to fulfill
the need of patients.

    This summer, go short-sleeved.
    Give blood. Give life.




For further information:

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

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