Acute Therapies

A global leader in multi-organ support therapy options, Baxter has been at the forefront of advancing new technologies and revolutionizing treatment for critically ill patients.

A Global Innovator in Acute Therapies

Every day, our comprehensive portfolio of multi-organ therapies help treat critically ill, hospitalized patients in intensive care units around the world. Our Acute Therapies portfolio has products designed to deliver a complete range of extracorporeal (outside the body) blood purification (EBP) therapies to treat acute kidney injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome and other conditions, including our leading PRISMAFLEX system. PRISMAFLEX gives clinicians the ability to meet patients’ diverse needs and is used in more hospitals worldwide than any other EBP system.

Acute Therapies

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a sudden decrease in kidney function over a period of hours to days, often the result of illness, trauma or infection. The sudden loss of kidney function leads to the accumulation of toxins and fluid in the body that, if left untreated, may lead to death. In the U.S. alone, AKI is estimated to impact nearly 4 million patients each year.

Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is used to treat the most severe form of AKI. During CRRT, waste products in the blood are cleared, and the cleaned blood is returned to the body.

Extracorporeal CO2 Removal

Extracorporeal CO2 Removal (ECCOR) is used to treat patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a serious condition that is caused by an injury or infection of the lungs such as sepsis or severe pneumonia. Patients with ARDS are placed on mechanical ventilation to temporarily replace their lung function.

In about 45 percent of ARDS cases, mechanical ventilation leads to hypercapnia, which is the accumulation of CO2 in the body. If left untreated, hypercapnia can be fatal. ECCOR therapy allows the removal of this accumulated CO2 from the blood, independent of the lung.

Featured Acute Therapy Product:


The PRISMAFLEX System is a flexible, filter-based solution that meets the demands of multiple therapies with a versatile platform that can be customized to specific patient needs.