According to Sepsis Alliance—an organization focused on sepsis awareness and education—sepsis takes the life of someone in the United States every two minutes. As such, September is designated as Sepsis Awareness Month, when hospitals and health systems can help spread the word about this condition. However, despite growing awareness and an increasing body of knowledge on the factors that can influence sepsis risk, it continues to be a hot topic of concern for providers and patients, both in the hospital as well as postdischarge, and more effective ways to treat it are needed.
To this end, clinical trials—generally prospective evaluations of the effects of different disease treatment options—provide an alternative way to deliver new and exciting care to patients that can potentially provide them with better health outcomes. When creating new inpatient treatment alternatives for sepsis and other conditions, randomized, double blind control trials are considered the gold standard for determining whether an investigational treatment method is better than what is currently the standard of care. Generally available through academic medical centers and some community hospitals, clinical trials also have another appealing aspect to participants and providers: treatment that is considered investigational is often provided by the study sponsor at no cost—a savings that can equate to thousands of dollars depending on the disease or condition.
Researchers conducting one such clinical trial that is nearing the end of its study period tested and collected data on how vitamin C can be used to treat sepsis. The researchers hypothesize that infusions of vitamin C will significantly decrease systemic organ failure due to sepsis, as measured by the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score. During an early run of this trial, treatment of sepsis via vitamin C showed promising outcomes for safety and preliminary efficacy. Pending final results, this clinical trial may help uncover a new and innovative treatment for sepsis that could save many lives.
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