Non-healthcare professional

Sepsis or blood poisoning is not an actual disease but a condition that is still not completely understood. First symptoms are similar to those of the common cold or influenza but, without prompt treatment, the condition can rapidly become life-threatening. Its origin is not always clear but it is often caused by a serious infection, for example, due to an injury, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, meningitis or an infection developed after surgery during a hospital stay. Anyone can develop sepsis and its course is often very rapid. Early diagnosis is still the best way to prevent fatal outcome.

Patients with severe sepsis are normally treated in an Intensive Care Unit, ICU. However, between 30 and 50 percent of patients with septic shock do not survive and these numbers appear to be increasing. No specific medical treatment for sepsis has been found, although intensive research is being carried out within this field.

Symptoms and emergency action

Symptoms of sepsis are:

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Severe sepsis is a medical emergency. If you think that you or someone in your care has this condition, call for an ambulance immediately!

Alteco® LPS Adsorber

The Alteco® LPS Adsorber removes the endotoxins produced when bacteria are disrupted. Endotoxins provoke a complexed immune reaction, causing the symptoms of sepsis. There are, therefore, very good reasons for removing most of the endotoxins in the blood stream. The process makes it easier for the body to handle its reactions and reduces the symptoms, enabling the patient to recover more rapidly.

The Alteco® LPS Adsorber is used in ICUs where it is connected to a device that is normally used for dialysis. Treatment is simple and safe, and quite often only 2 hours are needed for the patient’s blood to pass through the adsorber and remove most of the endotoxins. Nothing else is removed and no side effects have been seen.

The LPS Adsorber is becoming available in more hospitals every year and has been approved in most countries. Note that this product is not yet approved for use in the USA.

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