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Intensive Insulin Therapy Won't Boost Septic Shock Survival
Date:1/26/2010

roid offered no benefit. The death rate for patients who received fludrocortisone was 42.9 percent, compared with 45.8 percent for those in the conventional insulin therapy group.

"The current study showed no evidence to support a strategy of intensive insulin therapy aimed at maintaining blood glucose levels in the range of 80 to 110 milligrams per deciliter for treating septic shock with corticosteroids," the researchers wrote. "The current data do not support the routine use of oral fludrocortisone in addition to hydrocortisone when physicians decide to introduce corticosteroids in the management of a patient with septic shock."

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Jan. 26, 2010


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