CytoSorb is an extracorporeal blood purification therapy designed to reduce excessive levels of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines, or “cytokine storm”, from blood (see “The Adsorber“). In doing so, the goal is to reduce the potentially deadly systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) seen in life-threatening inflammatory conditions. Use of the therapy may help to mitigate or even avoid deadly complications such as organ failure in this hyper-inflammatory response, helping to stabilize patients and reduce the severity of illness (background information).
In sepsis, one of the largest indications for CytoSorb, antibiotics are used to control the primary infection, while concurrent use of CytoSorb is designed to help control the excessive inflammatory response, remove certain bacterial toxins, and avoid cell-mediated injury to otherwise healthy organs.
Safety: CytoSorb therapy has been used in more than 20,000 human treatments in more than 450 hospitals around the world. Treatment has been considered safe and well-tolerated. Depending on the application, patients have been treated up to 24 hours a day, for up to 7 consecutive days, each day using a new CytoSorb adsorber.
Simple application: The CytoSorb adsorber is a standard whole blood perfusion cartridge that can be used with conventional hemodialysis machines, hemoperfusion machines, heart-lung machines, and as stand-alone therapy with many other kinds of blood pumps. It takes only minutes to set-up, and can be used by itself or in series with a standard hemodialyzer or hemofilter.
For further information, see Therapeutic effects
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