One-year outcomes of rosuvastatin versus placebo in sepsis-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome: Prospective follow-up of SAILS randomised trial

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  • Background: Prior randomised trials have evaluated statins in patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), but there has been no comprehensive evaluation of long-term effects, despite potential neuromuscular and mental health adverse effects of these drugs. Aim: To evaluate the effect of rosuvastatin versus placebo on survival, physical function and performance, and mental health outcomes in patients with sepsis-associated ARDS. Methods: Prospective follow-up evaluation of the ARDS Clinical Trials Network Statins for Acutely Injured Lungs from Sepsis trial of rosuvastatin versus placebo in 568 mechanically ventilated patients with sepsis-associated ARDS, with blinded 6-month outcome assessment performed in the 272 eligible survivors for age-adjusted and sex-adjusted 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) physical function and mental health domains, and in 84 eligible survivors for the 6 min walk test, along with secondary outcomes evaluations of survival, and additional patient-reported and performance-based measures at 6-month and 12-month follow-up. Results: Over 1-year follow-up, there was no significant difference in cumulative survival in the rosuvastatin versus placebo groups (58% vs 61%; p=0.377), with survivors demonstrating substantial impairments in physical function and mental health. Rosuvastatin versus placebo had no effect (mean treatment effect (95% CI)) on SF-36 physical function (0 (-7 to 8), p=0.939) or mental health (-6 (-12 to 1) p=0.085) domains, 6 min walk distance (per cent predicted: 2 (-9 to 14), p=0.679) or the vast majority of secondary outcomes. Conclusions: Over 1-year follow-up, patients with sepsis-associated ARDS had high cumulative mortality, with survivors commonly experiencing impairments in physical functioning and performance, and mental health. Randomisation to rosuvastatin had no effect on these outcomes.
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  • Thorax  Journal
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  • Dinglas VD; Hopkins RO; Wozniak AW; Hough CL; Morris PE; Jackson JC; Mendez-Tellez PA; Bienvenu OJ; Ely EW; Colantuoni E
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  • 401
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  • 71
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  • 5