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 of sepsis are:
Fever, over 38 °C (100.4 °F) with chills or lowered body temperature
Rapid heart rate and fast breathing
You may also notice:
Confusion or disorientation
Dizzyness, nausea, diarrhoea or vomiting
Severe sepsis is a medical emergency. If you think that you or someone in your care has this condition, call for an ambulance immediately!
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.