New 'life-saving' Covid treatment can reduce risk of death by 24%

The new discovery has been hailed as a ‘landmark moment ’ (Picture: PA)A new ‘life-saving ’ coronavirus treatment has been found to reduce the risk of death for ICU patients by 24%. Drugs normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis will be given to Covid patients after a Government-funded cl.

New 'life-saving' Covid treatment can reduce risk of death by 24%
New 'life-saving' Covid treatment can reduce death by 24% The new discovery has been hailed as a ‘landmark moment ’ (Picture: PA)

A new ‘life-saving ’ coronavirus treatment has been found to reduce the risk of death for ICU patients by 24%.

Drugs normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis will be given to Covid patients after a Government-funded clinical trial produced one of the biggest medical breakthroughs of the pandemic.

Tocilizumab and sarilumab reduced the relative risk of death by 24% when used with dexamethasone and given to patients within 24 hours of entering the ICU, while they also reduced time spent in hospital by up to 10 days.

‘Hundreds ’ of lives will be saved as patients are treated with the drugs under updated guidance issued tomorrow by the Government and the NHS to trusts.

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Professor Anthony Gordon, chair in anaesthesia and critical care at Imperial College London and a consultant in intensive care medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: ‘This is a significant finding which could have immediate implications for the sickest patients with Covid-19.

‘We found that among critically ill adult patients – those receiving breathing support in intensive care – treatment with these drugs can improve their chances of survival and recovery.

‘At a time when hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 are soaring in the UK, it ’s crucial we continue to identify effective treatments which can help to turn the tide against this disease. ’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘The UK has proven time and time again it is at the very forefront of identifying and providing the most promising, innovative treatments for its patients.

PRI_178321212.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&z Nurses work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in St George ’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London (Picture: PA) Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Thomas/REX (11692904f) Lines of Ambulances outside the Royal London hospital as the NHS is under severe pressure as the cases of Covid-19 increase. The UK has gone into a National Lockdown following the big surge in Covid cases. Ambulances at the Royal London Hospital., Whitechapel, London, UK - 06 Jan 2021 Ambulances outside the Royal London hospital as the NHS remains under severe pressure from the pandemic (Picture: Mark Thomas/REX)

‘Today ’s results are yet another landmark development in finding a way out of this pandemic and, when added to the armoury of vaccines and treatments already being rolled out, will play a significant role in defeating this virus.

‘We have worked quickly to ensure this treatment is available to NHS patients without delay, meaning hundreds of lives will be saved. ’

The REMAP-CAP trial studied 3,900 people suffering from severe Covid in 15 countries.

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