Can intravenous vitamin therapies save lives?
Researchers in the US are conducting trials testing the effect of an injections of vitamin C, vitamin B1 and a steroid in the treatment of sepsis.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition brought on by the body’s response to infection. Before sterile instruments and antibiotics, sepsis was a common complication from wounds and surgery, and still affects more than a million people a year in the USA alone. Between a quarter and a half of those affected die.
The research follows the successful use of the therapy by Dr Paul Marik, MD, chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. When Marik gave the vitamin cocktail to 47 patients with sepsis, all but four survived. Before administering the treatment, 19 out of 47 sepsis patients died.
The results of this small study are remarkable, and prompted a larger scale study involving hundreds of patients in multiple hospitals in the US.
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