Houchin Community Blood Bank uses the latest in computerized equipment to collect multiple blood products in one visit. Trima is an automated “apheresis” system that separates and collects the most needed components from a donor’s blood and then safely returns the remaining components back to the donor. The procedure is absolutely safe and not unlike regular blood collection, except it does take a bit longer. By giving that extra time, the donor is also able to save more lives with just one visit. Trima stations are equipped with personal computers to help pass the time. Trima donors provide all important platelets which must make it to a patient within five days, before they expire. Trima allows the blood bank to collect exactly what it needs to serve patients from each donor, making a huge difference in the lives of people in desperate need.