Last updated on August 2018

Ascorbic Acid Corticosteroids and Thiamine in Sepsis (ACTS) Trial


Brief description of study

In this study, we aim to determine whether the combination of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine (Vitamin B1), and Corticosteroids improves the trajectory of organ failure and reduces mortality in patients with sepsis and septic shock as compared to placebo.

Detailed Study Description

Sepsis and Septic Shock are common and highly morbid clinical conditions without any specific therapy aside from antibiotics. A recent quasi-experimental study (Marik et. al., PMID 27940189) demonstrated a remarkable benefit when the combination of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Corticosteroids, and Thiamine (Vitamin B1) were given to patients with sepsis. In particular, patients who received this combination of medications required a shorter amount of time on vasopressors, suffered less organ failure, and had improved mortality. Vitamin C has long been suggested for treatment of patients with severe infection as it exerts significant anti-oxidant effects and reduces endothelial permeability. Corticosteroids, a mainstay of therapy for refractory shock in sepsis, have also been shown to enhance the beneficial cellular effects of vitamin C. Finally, thiamine has been shown to be an effective mitochondrial resuscitator in sepsis, especially for the ~30% of septic shock patients who present with thiamine deficiency (Donnino et. al, PMID 26771781).

In this study, we aim to reproduce the findings of Marik et. al. using a more rigorous study design (i.e. a blinded, randomized clinical trial) and focus on the important clinical outcomes of organ failure and death.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03389555

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Long Island Jewish Hospital

New York, NY United States
8.63miles
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North Shore University Hospital

Manhasset, NY United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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