Orange Park Medical Center Hosting Emergency Blood Drive Ahead of Dorian Today

Orange Park, FL., (August 31, 2019) – The need for blood during and after a hurricane is critical. As models continue to show, Hurricane Dorian is likely to hit Northeast Florida next week. Orange Park Medical Center will be hosting a blood drive to prepare. LifeSouth will be at Orange Park Medical Center today, Saturday, August 31st from 10am-5pm.

The blood bank is urgently looking for platelets, all blood types, especially the universal Type 0 Negative blood.

“Having extra supply on hand in our community can be lifesaving,” says Orange Park Medical Center Emergency Room Physician Dr. Justin Deaton.

Following Hurricane Michael, the state of Florida experienced major interstate closures. The hospital says they want to help make sure the area blood banks have plenty of supply should any major roadways into the Jacksonville area become unpassable after the storm.

“As a trauma center, we have a constant need for blood supply. We want to do everything we can to be prepared for any critically ill and injured patients that require blood and platelets during and after the storm.”

“Today at our emergency blood drive collected quadruple what they typically do at an event. “

Orange Park Medical Center is located at 2001 Kingsley Avenue Orange Park, FL 32073.

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