“Baxter has been a leader in continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) technology for more than 20 years. We’ve built on this expertise to bring to market the most advanced technology currently available that directly addresses what clinicians have said they need to better treat patients: simplicity, efficiency, and accuracy,” said Reaz Rasul, general manager of Baxter’s Acute Therapies business. “The PrisMax system is foundational to accomplishing our shared vision to help transform care for critically ill patients and establish best-in-class treatments for a variety of organ support therapies.”
Building on Baxter’s leading Prismaflex technology currently used by hospitals in more than 90 countries, the PrisMax system, in combination with specialty dialyzers, delivers a complete range of extracorporeal (outside the body) therapies to remove waste products, excess fluids and inflammatory mediators, to help manage patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), and as an aid in sepsis management. AKI is an increasingly common complication of acute illnesses in intensive care units and hospitals.1,2,3
“Our assessment of the PrisMax system across seven ICUs in six countries concluded that the device features several important enhancements that contribute to safety, efficiency, and user-friendliness. The launch of PrisMax is a big step forward for clinicians’ abilities to treat patients in the ICU more effectively,” said Marcus Broman, M.D., Department of Perioperative and Intensive Care of Skåne University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, and lead author of a publication about the results.4
The prospective, multicenter, international pilot study found that PrisMax delivered significant improvements in areas that impact efficiency and ease of use, including the time needed for bag changes, the number of informational and malfunction alarms, how often the blood pump stops, filter life and machine downtime.4 The findings were published earlier this year in Blood Purification.4
The TherMax blood warmer, which is used alongside the PrisMax system, is a critical component for extracorporeal therapies as a patient’s blood is purified outside of the body and must be at a certain temperature prior to returning to the body. TherMaxuses a bi-directional connection with the PrisMax system to help meet warming targets by automatically adjusting heating to meet the prescribed return blood temperature.5 The TherMax blood warmer also includes several advanced patient safety features to help control blood return temperature, detect leaks, and to ensure the correct setup.5
Baxter intends to commercially launch PrisMax and TherMax in more than 19 countries across Europe, with hospitals in Denmark, France, Italy, and Sweden to be among the first to receive the new devices.
1 Siew ED, Davenport A: The growth of acute kidney injury: a rising tide or just closer attention to detail? Kidney Int 2015;87:46-61.
2 O'Connor ME, Kirwan CJ, Pearse RM, Prowle JR: Incidence and associations of acute kidney injury after major abdominal surgery. Intensive Care Med 2016;42:521-530.
3 Susantitaphong P, Cruz DN, Cerda J, Abulfaraj M, Alqahtani F, Koulouridis I, Jaber BL: World incidence of AKI: a meta-analysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2013;8:1482-1493.
4 Broman M, et al. Blood Purif. 2018;46:220-227.
5 Baxter - TherMax Operators Manual. AW7006 Rev A 2018; Sep.