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Effect of Ascorbic Acid, Corticosteroids, and Thiamine on Health-Related Quality of Life in Sepsis

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  • Anne V Grossestreuer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  • Ari Moskowitz, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  • Lars W Andersen
  • Mathias J Holmberg
  • Varun Konacki, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  • Katherine M Berg, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  • Maureen Chase, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  • Michael N Cocchi, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  • Michael W Donnino, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Patients who experience sepsis often have long-term effects that may impact health-related quality of life. This study aimed to investigate whether the combination of ascorbic acid, corticosteroids, and thiamine compared with placebo improves health-related quality of life in patients with septic shock.

Design: Secondary analysis of the Ascorbic Acid, Corticosteroids, and Thiamine in Sepsis randomized controlled trial (NCT03389555).

Setting: Thirteen tertiary-care hospitals in the United States.

Patients: Patients who were enrolled in Ascorbic Acid, Corticosteroids, and Thiamine in Sepsis, survived to 90 days post enrollment and were able to be contacted by telephone.

Interventions: Patients were randomly assigned to parenteral ascorbic acid (1,500 mg), hydrocortisone (50 mg), and thiamine (100 mg) every 6 hours for 4 days or placebo.

Measurements and Main Results: One hundred seventeen patients (59%) survived to 90 days and were administered the Short Form 36 questionnaire; of these, 72 (62%) completed the Short Form 36 (38 [53%] in the intervention group, 34 [47%] in placebo). Sixty-six (92%) completed all survey questions (36 [95%] in the intervention group, 30 [88%] in placebo). There was no significant difference in overall Short Form 36 score between intervention and placebo group (median score: 39.4 [interquartile range, 31.2-45.4] vs 43.2 [37.0-46.7], respectively, p = 0.18). We found no statistically significant difference between the two groups in any of the other health-related quality of life domains used.

Conclusions: We found no difference in the health-related quality of life in patients with septic shock treated with a combination of ascorbic acid, corticosteroids, and thiamine compared to placebo.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical care explorations
Volume2
Issue12
Pages (from-to)e0270
ISSN2639-8028
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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