Indexed on: 01 Aug '15Published on: 01 Aug '15Published in: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
A novel synthetic haemabsorption column (Cytosorb™) has recently become commercially available. We describe its use in patients with overwhelming sepsis and consider the experience and evidence supporting its use. While Cytosorb haemabsorption is mechanistically distinct from other extracorporeal therapies in sepsis and appears effective in reducing inflammatory cytokines during sepsis, much of the basic science and clinical benefits remain unclear. Significant interactions including removal of antibiotics may be harmful and require further study. Suggestions for future research and how Cytosorb™ could be incorporated into practice are provided.