Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 40, Issue 10, pp 1509–1517 | Cite as

Effect of the use of low and high potency statins and sepsis outcomes

  • Shu-Yu Ou
  • Hsi Chu
  • Pei-Wen Chao
  • Shuo-Ming Ou
  • Yi-Jung Lee
  • Shu-Chen Kuo
  • Szu-Yuan Li
  • Chia-Jen Shih
  • Yung-Tai Chen



Although statins have been shown to have cholesterol-lowering effects, their pleiotropic benefits on sepsis remain a matter of debate. In addition, the influence of statin potency on sepsis-related mortality has never been explored. The aim of our study was to determine the sepsis outcomes of low- and high-potency statin users and non-users.


This nationwide, population-based, propensity score-matched analysis used data from the linked administrative databases of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance program. Patients were hospitalized for sepsis between 2000 and 2010. All-cause mortality and major adverse consequences of sepsis, such as in-hospital death, intensive care unit admission, shock events, and the use of mechanical ventilation, were assessed. Patients were divided into high-potency statin users (at least 10 mg rosuvastatin, at least 20 mg atorvastatin, or at least 40 mg simvastatin), low-potency statin users (all other statin treatments), and non-users.


A propensity score-matched cohort of 27,792 statin users and 27,792 non-users was included. Of 27,792 statin users, 9,785 (35.2 %) were treated with high-potency statins and 18,007 (64.8 %) were treated with low-potency statins. The 1-year mortality risk was significantly lower among both low-potency [adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) 0.89, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.85–0.93] and high-potency (aHR 0.80, 95 % CI 0.75–0.86) statin users compared with non-users. The risks of mortality and adverse consequences of sepsis were lower among high-potency than among low-potency statin users.


High-potency statin use is associated with a lower risk of sepsis-related mortality compared with low-potency statin use.


Statin Potency Sepsis Mortality National Health Insurance Research Database 


Conflicts of interest

All authors state that they have no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shu-Yu Ou
    • 1
  • Hsi Chu
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Pei-Wen Chao
    • 5
  • Shuo-Ming Ou
    • 2
    • 6
    • 7
  • Yi-Jung Lee
    • 2
    • 8
  • Shu-Chen Kuo
    • 2
    • 9
    • 10
  • Szu-Yuan Li
    • 2
    • 6
    • 7
  • Chia-Jen Shih
    • 2
    • 11
  • Yung-Tai Chen
    • 2
    • 12
    • 13
  1. 1.School of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of ChestTaipei City HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.School of Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and ManagementMiaoli CountyTaiwan
  5. 5.Department of AnesthesiologyWan Fang Hospital, Taipei Medical UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  6. 6.Division of Nephrology, Department of MedicineTaipei Veterans General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  7. 7.Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  8. 8.Department of NeurologyNeurological Institute, Taipei Veterans General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  9. 9.National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, National Health, Research InstitutesMiaoli CountyTaiwan
  10. 10.Division of Infectious DiseasesTaipei Veterans General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  11. 11.Department of MedicineTaipei Veterans General Hospital, Yuanshan BranchYilanTaiwan
  12. 12.Department of MedicineTaipei City Hospital, Heping Fuyou BranchTaipeiTaiwan
  13. 13.Department of NephrologyTaipei City Hospital Heping Fuyou BranchTaipeiTaiwan

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