Fresenius Medical Care provides comprehensive apheresis services that improve patient outcomes and decrease length of stay. We partner with customers to provide a fully equipped apheresis program including state-of-the-art equipment, apheresis-trained registered nurses and medical director oversight. These services reduce costs to the hospital by eliminating the need for expensive medical equipment, maintenance and overhead associated with operating a specialized program.
Our apheresis services includes:
- Comprehensive education from experts in the field.
- 24/7 physician-to-physician consultation
- Quality assessment improvement programs focused on patient outcomes and clinical performance
- Industry leading clinical paitent outcome reports
- Support for accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cell Therapy (FACT)
Inpatient and Outpatient Services
- Stem cell collection
- Therapeutic plasma exchange
- Red blood cell exchange
- Cell therapy servies and research procedures
- LDL apheresis
Apheresis is the process of removing whole blood from a patient or donor, and separating the blood into its components (plasma, buffy coat, otherwise known as white blood cells and platelets, and red blood cells). This is typically accomplished using a centrifuge device, that spins the whole blood so that it separates. Once separated, the desired component is then removed, and the rest of the whole blood is reinfused back into the patient or donor. The most commonly known Apheresis procedure is blood or platelet donation, where parts of the blood are collected from a healthy donor and used for patients requiring transfusions in the hospital.
Therapeutic Apheresis is performed on patients with a variety of medical disorders. Therapeutic Apheresis therapy may be prescribed to remove harmful substances or cells in the blood which contribute to these disorders. In the list below you will find the most common diagnoses where Therapeutic Apheresis treatment is used.
- Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
- Myasthenia gravis
- Autoimmune polyneuropathies
- Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
- Goodpasture’s syndrome
- Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis
- Sickle cell disease
- Pulmonary renal syndrome
There are several types of Therapeutic Apheresis Therapies and has become a common treatment modality.
- Therapeutic plasma exchange: The removal of plasma from the blood, which may require replacement with another donor plasma or albumin
- Leukocytapheresis: The removal of white blood cells
- Thrombocytapheresis: The removal of platelets
- Red blood cell exchange: The removal of red blood cells which are “exchanged” or replaced by donor red blood cells
- LDL apheresis: The removal of LDL cholesterol from the blood
- Peripheral stem cell collection: The collection of stems cells from the blood stream versus bone marrow for clinical research or personalized vaccines
- Photopheresis: The removal of a patients white blood cells which are treated with a photosensitizing agent and ultraviolet light, then reinfused back into the patient
Therapeutic Apheresis procedures can be performed in both the hospital (inpatient) and outpatient setting, depending on the condition. Blood tests are usually performed prior to the procedure, with the therapy itself taking anywhere from 2-4 hours. Your healthcare team will prepare you for what to expect from the Therapeutic Apheresis treatment when it is prescribed.