- Dec 5, 2017
Dexamethasone anti inflammatory steroid shows decrease risk of death from COVID-19 in patients on ventilators and those requiring supplemental oxygen.
" It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth "
Lead researcher Prof Martin Landray said the findings suggested one life could be saved for:
"There is a clear, clear benefit," he said.
- every eight patients on a ventilator
- every 20-25 treated with oxygen
"The treatment is up to 10 days of dexamethasone and it costs about £5 per patient.
"So essentially it costs £35 to save a life.
"This is a drug that is globally available."
When appropriate, hospital patients should now be given it without delay, Prof Landray said.
But people should not go out and buy it to take at home.
Dexamethasone does not appear to help people with milder symptoms of coronavirus who do not need help with their breathing."