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Sepsis Decision Tool Usage on MDCalc.

The graph below shows usage of sepsis-related tools on MDCalc in the United States over one month (October 2018). Note that the different scores are used in slightly different scenarios (see scores on for more information).

Sepsis is notoriously difficult to define. From an interview with qSOFA (Quick SOFA) Score for Sepsis creator Christopher Seymour: "Sepsis is a common and deadly syndrome, but there isn't one checkbox or patient symptom that identifies them as having sepsis or not. Sepsis is a combination of suspected infection that is causally related to life-threatening organ dysfunction. And patients can manifest that organ dysfunction in a variety of ways, whether it's altered mental status, or difficulty breathing, or low blood pressure, or all of these togeth er, and as a result, clinicians may encounter a patient with sepsis, but vary in both how fast they recognize this, and in whether they even call them septic or not.

Scores on MDCalc

SIRS, Sepsis, and Septic Shock Criteria (https: // / sirs-sepsis-septic-shock-criteria)

qSOFA (Quick SOFA) Score for Sepsis (https: // qsofa-quick-sofa-score-sepsis)

Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) Score (https: / /www. / sequential-organ-failure-assessment-sofa-score)

Pediatric SIRS, Sepsis, and Septic Shock Criteria (https:/ /www. / pediatric-sirs-sepsis-septic-shock-criteria)

MDCalc Editorial Team

Figure 1. October 2018 Sepsis Decision Tool Usage,
United States

SIRS              59%
QSOFA             24%
SOFA              15%

Note: Table made from bar graph.
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Title Annotation:CD Calculated Decisions
Publication:Physician Leadership Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2019
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