A local medical company may soon be supplying combat medical teams with a new device to prevent wounded warriors from suffering toxic shock.
Aethlon Medical has created a blood filter called the Hemopurifier that helps remove toxins in blood.
"What this filter does is target and remove specific pathogens in the blood
giving the body's own immune system a better chance to function," said Aethlon CEO James Joyce.
Though other filters tend to remove everything, Joyce said the Hemopurifier selectively removes toxins in the blood.
Joyce said members of the military are susceptible to toxic or septic shock, which is caused by a bacterial or viral infection that overwhelms the body's immune system.
"Once a soldier gets to the point of septic shock, their chance for survival is really low," said Joyce.
Though it's not a cure, the Hemopurifier helps remove the toxins and helps improve chances for survival.
Aethlon Medical developed the device in response to a call for action by the Defense Advanced Research Agency. Medical teams could be using the company's filters by the end of the year.
In a separate scenario, the company is looking to market the device commercially for hospitals to use on patients with infectious diseases such as Hepatitis C, HIV or cancer as a way to remove the toxins often found in the blood.
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