There are a variety of blood products, pharmacologic agents, and procedures that can be utilized to treat anemia, thrombocytopenia, and bleeding disorders. At our separation center, information about donated Whole Blood is scanned into a computer database. Most whole blood donations are spun in centrifuges to separate it into transfusable components: red cells, platelets, and plasma. Plasma may be processed into components such as cryoprecipitate, which helps control the risk of bleeding by helping blood to clot. Red cells and platelets are leuko-reduced, which means the white cells are removed in order to reduce the possibility of the recipient having a reaction to the transfusion. Each component is packaged as a “unit,” a standardized amount that doctors will use when transfusing a patient.