Héma-Québec congratulates Dr. Francine Décary
Montréal, May 6, 2013 – Héma-Québec congratulates Dr. Francine Décary, the guiding force of the organization from 1998 to 2011, on being inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada last Friday. A scientific researcher and dynamic manager, Dr. Décary quickly propelled Héma-Québec to the forefront of excellence.
National Volunteer Week - Volunteers: making a vital contribution to Héma-Québec's mission
National Organ and Tissue Donation Week - Give a second breath to an ill person: Sign for Life!
Montréal, April 22, 2013 – In Québec, 90% of the population claims to support organ and tissue donation, yet only 50% of people indicate their consent. Meanwhile, thousands of people waiting for transplants suffer or die as a result of a shortage of donors. For this reason, during National Organ and Tissue Donation Week, Héma-Québec reiterates the importance of signing the organ and tissue donation consent form and informing your loved ones about your decision.
An Act to Amend the Act Respecting Héma-Québec and the Haemovigilance Committee : Héma-Québec positioned to meet emerging needs and pursue its mission
Québec City, April 17, 2013 – Héma-Québec today presented its main recommendations concerning Bill 29—An Act to Amend the Act Respecting Héma-Québec and the Haemovigilance Committee—to the members of the Québec National Assembly Committee on Health and Social Services.
Dr. Gilles Delage, recipient of the AMMI Canada Distinguished Service Award
Montréal, April 9, 2013 – On Thursday, April 4, Dr. Gilles Delage, Héma-Québec’s Vice-President of Medical Affairs – Microbiology, received the Distinguished Service Award atthe AMMI Canada (Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada) – CACMID (Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Annual Conference, which took place in Québec City between April 4 and 6.
Minister Réjean Hébert announces the introduction of a bill to set up a breast milk bank
Québec City, March 27, 2013 – Réjean Hébert, Minister of Health and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors, today announced the introduction of a bill to amend the Act Respecting Héma-Québec and the Haemovigilance Committee, the purpose of which is to allow Héma-Québec to create a public breast milk bank.
22nd edition of Black History Month - Encouraging results : the contribution of Black communities to the blood supply remains a major challenge
Montréal, January 31, 2013 – Black History Month is a time for Héma-Québec to remind people about the vital contribution of the Black communities to the collective blood supply and to stress the importance of increasing its diversity. The efforts put forth since 2009 to promote the cause of blood donation in these communities are paying off. More than 1,700 donors have answered the call so far, a 71% jump from last year.
A first in Québec: Trois-Rivières chosen as the future site for a new type of blood collection centre
Trois-Rivières, January 22, 2013 — Héma-Québec has chosen the city of Trois-Rivières as an introductory site for a new type of donor collection centre intended exclusively for the collection of plasma, a blood component for which demand is growing rapidly.
Jean-Pierre Allaire, Chairman of Héma-Québec's board of directors, has passed away
Héma-Québec addresses the quarantined blood products situation
Montréal, December 5, 2012 - On November 28, 2012, as a precautionary measure, Héma-Québec asked that Québec hospital blood banks quarantine packed red blood cells over 14 days old and collected using one of the collection devices used for its blood collection activities. The reason stated was a problem involving a microfissure on certain collection devices.
Blood supply: Héma-Québec has the situation under control
Montréal, November 29, 2012—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.
Héma-Québec quarantines blood products as a precautionary measure
Montréal, November 29, 2012 - Héma-Québec would like to inform the public that the blood products currently available for transfusion are perfectly safe. As a precautionary measure, Héma-Québec has asked Québec hospitals to temporarily quarantine certain blood products due to microscopic punctures found on a few blood bags.