Héma-Québec presents All about blood

Montréal, April 6, 2004 - Héma-Québec is pleased to present the All About Blood exhibition, which will run from April 7, 2004, to February 20, 2005 at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City.

This exhibition profiles the history of blood and highlights daily, social and cultural practices with respect to blood, along with its modern day applications.

"Given the nature of our operations, Héma-Québec's sponsorship of this exhibition went without saying. We understand, more than anyone, the value of blood, which happens to be the precious resource from which we are able to derive and manufacture a variety of blood products," put forth Dr. Francine Décary, Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec.

Dr. Décary emphasized how much Québec's blood management system has changed over the past five years, with Héma-Québec as one of the privileged parties at the forefront of this evolution always paying attention to ensuring blood recipient security. There is no substitute for blood; its components and defence mechanisms are quite complex to replicate artificially. Blood drives and donor participation are therefore crucial in meeting the needs of hospitals and their patients; one blood donation can help save up to four lives.

Since its creation in September 1998, Héma-Québec has welcomed over 1,500,000 donors at 10,000 blood drives organized in collaboration with community partners throughout Québec. Each year, Héma-Québec delivers more than 400,000 blood products to hospitals in order to meet patients' needs.

"Héma-Québec invites all Quebeckers, as well as blood donors and recipients to visit the exhibition and learn All About Blood" added Dr. Décary during press conference.

Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes and human tissues to meet the needs of all Quebeckers; and to provide and develop expertise and services, along with specialized and innovative products, in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

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