Our products are used in therapeutic apheresis. “apheresis” is Greek and means “take away” or “remove”. Therapeutic apheresis therefore involves blood purification procedures in which targeted harmful components are removed from the blood extracorporeally, i.e. outside the body.
A distinction is made between whole-blood and plasma-apheresis procedures. In whole-blood apheresis, targeted pathogens are removed from the blood directly using adsorbers or filters. In contrast to the whole-blood procedure, plasma procedures involve the plasma, i.e. the liquid portion, being separated from the blood as a first step. The next step involves passing the separated plasma through the adsorber/filter in order to remove the targeted harmful components.
The core element of apheresis is the adsorber or adsorber material. The “adsorber” (from Latin “adsorbere” i.e. “to extract by sucktion”) binds substances from blood or plasma, depending on the material used.