A new vitamin treatment made of vitamin C, thiamine, and steroids is offering new hope for patients suffering from sepsis. Sepsis, is a blood infection that can turn lethal in many cases and very quickly. CDC reports that one-third patient deaths in hospital is caused by sepsis.
Clinical trials have already started to test the treatment. One particular clinical trial called VICTAS (Vitamin C, Thiamine and Steroids in Sepsis) is leading the way. The hope is that the treatment will improve patient outcomes by at least 10%. 10% may not sound like much, but it has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. every year, reports NPR.
One of the main causes of sepsis is an untreated wound or infection. In American nursing homes, bed sores that should never occur are happening and then left untreated. This factor raises the risk of sepsis and death from the disease.
While there’s hope for this new treatment, preventing sepsis in many cases is not difficult. For example, in nursing homes, when employers properly train their staff and enforce all the needed protocols for wound care and prevention, sepsis is less likely to occur in these facilities.
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