Oral corticosteroid use before admission to the ICU is associated with a reduced risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome in sepsis patients.

“It is possible that in an appropriate at-risk population, corticosteroid administration may have a benefit in reducing the incidence or severity of acute respiratory distress syndrome,” said Todd Rice, MD, from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

“More investigation is needed, however, regarding the relation between corticosteroids and decreased respiratory distress,” he told Medscape Medical News here at the Society of Critical Care Medicine 44th Critical Care Congress.