Fast Five Quiz: Sepsis Key Aspects

Richard H. Sinert, DO


June 17, 2020

The qSOFA score is used to identify patients outside of the intensive care unit (ICU) who are likely to have sepsis. It uses three criteria, assigning one point for each of the following:

  • Low blood pressure (systolic blood pressure ≤ 100 mm Hg)

  • High respiratory rate (≥ 22 breaths/min)

  • Altered mentation (Glasgow coma scale score < 15)

A score of 2 or more points near the onset of infection is associated with a greater risk for death or prolonged ICU stay.

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