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High Dose Vitamin C in the Critically Ill Patient (VitC)

This study has been terminated.
(PI's additional responsibilities and time commitments prevent him from completing this clinical trial so he decided to close the study prematurely)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Identifier:
First received: April 26, 2012
Last updated: May 20, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
It has been shown that the stress that occurs during trauma, infection and/or shock depletes many of the body's resources such as Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which may contribute to further complications. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of high doses of Vitamin C in critically ill patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Ascorbic Acid
Other: Ringers Lactate or Normal Saline
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Efficacy of High Dose Vitamin C in the Critically Ill Patient Population

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Further study details as provided by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy of high dose vitamin C therapy in shock patients [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
    Given the grim prognosis of septic and hypovolemic shock, we aim to study the efficacy on an alternative treatment modality by implementing high dose vitamin C therapy in our patient population. Through previous investigations, especially research in the burn patient population, we expect that high dose vitamin C therapy will be beneficial to patients with hypovolemic or septic shock.

Enrollment: 8
Study Start Date: February 2013
Study Completion Date: April 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Ascorbic Acid
Ascorbic Acid
Drug: Ascorbic Acid
66mg/kg/hour of peripheral intravenous Vitamin C infusion for 24 hour duration, maximum total of 200 grams
Placebo Comparator: Ringers Lactate or Normal Saline
Ringers Lactate or Normal Saline
Other: Ringers Lactate or Normal Saline
Fluid resuscitation will be given with NS or LR to achieve a same mean urine output of 0.5cc/kg/hour.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Activation of the Mass Transfusion Protocol following surgery or trauma.
  • Diagnosis of septic shock. Septic shock will be defined as sepsis induced hypotension (i.e. systolic blood pressure <90mmHg or drop of systolic blood pressure >40mmHg in the presence of infection) that does not respond to a 2 liter fluid bolus.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age less than 18 years.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Creatinine of greater than 2.2 g/dl at time of enrollment, history of chronic kidney or end stage renal disease, rise in creatinine > 1 g/dl within 24 hours prior to enrollment.
  • Brain death diagnosed within 4 hours of presentation to the trauma bay or intensive care unit
  • Patients with history of hemolytic blood disease, e.g. glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia.
  • Patients in isolated cardiogenic shock.
  • History of liver cirrhosis
  • Transplant patients (liver, kidney, heart)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01587963

United States, New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, 08901
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Principal Investigator: Vicente Gracias, MD RWJMS
  More Information

Responsible Party: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Identifier: NCT01587963     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0220100048
Study First Received: April 26, 2012
Last Updated: May 20, 2015

Keywords provided by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey:
hypovolemic or septic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Critical Illness
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Ascorbic Acid
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
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