Héma-Québec to quarantine about 50% of blood supply

11/30/2012 | CBC.ca (Canada)

Héma-Québec, the provincial blood bank in Quebec, Canada, said it is quarantining almost 50% of its shelved blood because small cracks were discovered in the bags used to collect blood. The blood bank said the cracks may lead to air exposure, which would be conducive to bacterial growth in the blood. The move led to the postponement of elective surgeries across hospitals in Quebec. Quarantined blood found to be safe will be redistributed to hospitals, the blood bank said.

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