During automated donation, donors can give a specific component in greater quantities than can be collected in a whole blood donation. Blood is processed in a cell separator machine; the needed products are collected, and the remaining blood is returned to the donor. The automated collection system takes combinations of platelets, plasma, and red blood cells depending on your blood type. Automated donation allows CRBS to efficiently manage the blood supply by collecting the optimal products needed by our community hospitals – helping cancer, trauma, and transplant patients.