The role of Héma-Québec
Héma-Québec acts as a supplier of human tissues intended for transplants and manages a bank of human tissues for Quebec.
As a supplier of human tissues, Héma-Québec is responsible for:
Héma-Québec is responsible for raising the awareness of the public and the various stakeholders in the hospitals with respect to the importance of identifying potential donors. When a potential donor is identified, the stakeholders refer this individual to Héma-Québec which takes charge of the procedure for retrieving human tissues, including corneas.
Héma-Québec is responsible for retrieving various tissues, while respecting the deceased individual and his/her loved ones, and preparing them for transplant. Héma-Québec retrieves the following human tissues:
- Muscular-skeletal tissues (tendons, bone chips, femoral heads)
- Cutaneous tissues
- Heart valves
- Corneas (in partnership with Banque d’Yeux du Québec)