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2020 Nov 25

World J Emerg Surg



Comparison of qSOFA score, SOFA score, and SIRS criteria for the prediction of infection and mortality among surgical intermediate and intensive care patients.


Koch C, Edinger F, Fischer T, Brenck F, Hecker A, Katzer C, Markmann M, Sander M, Schneck E
World J Emerg Surg. 2020 Nov 25; 15(1):63.
PMID: 33239088.


It is crucial to rapidly identify sepsis so that adequate treatment may be initiated. Accordingly, the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) and the quick SOFA (qSOFA) scores are used to evaluate intensive care unit (ICU) and non-ICU patients, respectively. As demand for ICU beds rises, the intermediate care unit (IMCU) carries greater importance as a bridge between the ICU and the regular ward. This study aimed to examine the ability of SOFA and qSOFA scores to predict suspected infection and mortality in IMCU patients.