This randomized trial of 250 patients with sepsis, who were randomized to 14 days of statin or placebo, found no difference in serum markers of inflammation, organ dysfunction scores or morality between the groups. However, they did find that among prior statin users, those randomized to placebo had significantly higher 28 day mortality than those randomized to a statin (28% vs 5). Although more studies are needed, this study suggests that those already on statins who develop sepsis should be continued on their statin (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.