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.
Tests are currently being performed on the quarantined blood products. Based on these results, safe products will be put back into circulation.
Héma-Québec has taken the necessary measures to meet the needs of patients waiting for a transfusion. There is therefore no current shortage of blood.
We would also like to stress that patients who recently received transfusions all received products that were deemed safe, and there is no risk to their health.
Should there be any new developments, further details will be provided.