Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. By removing endotoxin from the bloodstream during extracorporeal treatment, Alteco LPS Adsorber can turn the course of sepsis and stabilize the patient’s hemodynamic parameters in 2 hours. 1

Did you know that sepsis causes 1 in 5 deaths globally?

What causes sepsis?

Sepsis can be caused by a specific toxin (endotoxin) entering the blood stream. Endotoxin, or lipopolysaccharide (LPS), is a major component of the cell wall of gram-negative bacteria. When endotoxin is released into the bloodstream, a strong reactive response is produced by the immune system which can develop into sepsis. 2

Sepsis can be a life-threatening symptom of gram-negative bacterial infection.

How common is sepsis?

Sepsis is one of the most common causes of death in modern intensive care. With nearly 49 million cases worldwide and 11 million deaths globally per year – or 1 in 5 – it is now thought that sepsis kills more people than cancer. 3

What are the consequences of sepsis?

Up to 50% of sepsis survivors go through post-sepsis syndrome. This means a higher risk of rehospitalization, infection, stroke, heart attack, and effects such as impaired cognitive and/or physical functions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 4 It is estimated that up to 8% of sepsis patients need one or more surgical amputations. 5

Who is at risk?

Sepsis can happen to anyone, but individuals who are more susceptible to contract an infection are also at higher risk of sepsis: infants, the elderly and people who have an impaired immune system. 6 The most common risk factor for sepsis is hospitalization: the longer the admission time, the higher the risk of a nosocomial infection. 7

What is sepsis? Sepsis explained in 3 minutes – video by Global Sepsis Alliance 

Take endotoxin out of the picture!

Take endotoxin out of the picture with the Alteco LPS Adsorber

Endotoxin (LPS) is one of the strongest bacterial inducers of inflammatory cytokines. 8 Use Alteco LPS Adsorber early to inhibit the complement cascade and avoid cytokine storms and organ failure. Early start of treatment with Alteco LPS Adsorber aims to stabilize patient’s hemodynamic parameters and reverse the sepsis process before septic shock occurs. Turning the course of sepsis with Alteco LPS Adsorber may potentially avoid further damage to the kidneys and acute CRRT treatment and may allow more time to find and treat the source of infection that caused the sepsis.

Gram-positive or gram-negative sepsis?

Gram-negative and gram-positive sepsis are equally likely to be the causative pathogens of sepsis. 9 Endotoxin is frequently found in the systemic circulation during sepsis, regardless of the actual microorganism found in the blood culture. 10 In most cases, it is not known – at least not early enough in the treatment process – whether the patient has a gram-positive or gram-negative bacterial infection, simply because lab results may take too long. Irrespectively, considering that mortality from sepsis increases with nearly 8% for every hour that treatment is delayed, early treatment start is critical. 11

Endotoxin and gram-positive sepsis

Endotoxin is significant also in gram-positive sepsis, as the gram-positive bacteria cause hypersensitivity to endotoxin. Therefore, it may be beneficial to remove endotoxin also in cases where the infection is caused by gram-positive bacteria. 12 Studies have also indicated positive treatment results when the Alteco LPS Adsorber was used on gram-positive sepsis. 13

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