qSOFA score for prediction of sepsis outcome in emergency department

qSOFA for sepsis in emergency department

  • Kavous Shahsavarinia
  • Payman Moharramzadeh
  • Reza Jamal Arvanagi
  • Ata Mahmoodpoor tabriz university of medical sciences
Keywords: Emergency department, Sepsis, qSOFA (quick sequential organ failure assessment)


Objective: The third international consensus definition for sepsis and septic shock (sepsis 3) task force recently introduced qSOFA (quick sequential organ failure assessment) as a score for detection of patients at risk of sepsis outside of intensive care units. We performed this study to evaluate the validity of qSOFA for early detection and risk stratification of septic patients in emergency department.

Methods: We conducted this study in an emergency department of the largest university affiliated hospital in northwest of Iran from Sept 2015 to Sept 2016. One hundred and forty patients who were SIRS positive with a suspected infection without alternative diagnosis and a microbiological proven infection were enrolled in this study. qSOFA was calculated for each patient and correlated with sepsis grades and mortality.

Results: From 140 patients 84 (60%) had positive qSOFA score and 56 (40%) patients had negative qSOFA score. Our results showed that near half of patients with positive qSOFA expired during their stay in hospital while this was about 5% for patients with negative qSOFA. ROC curve of study regarding prediction of outcome with qSOFA showed an area under curve of 0.59. (P value: 0.04). Time spent to sepsis detection was 16 minutes shorter with qSOFA score compared to SIRS criteria in this study.

Conclusion: In patients with suspected sepsis, qSOFA has acceptable value for risk stratification of severity, multi organ failure and mortality. It seems that education of medical staff and frequent screening of patients for warning signs can help to increase the value of qSOFA in prediction of mortality in critically ill septic patients.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.4.2031

How to cite this:
Shahsavarinia K, Moharramzadeh P, Arvanagi RJ, Mahmoodpoor A. qSOFA score for prediction of sepsis outcome in emergency department. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(4):668-672. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.4.2031

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

How to Cite
Shahsavarinia, K., Moharramzadeh, P., Arvanagi, R., & Mahmoodpoor, A. (2020). qSOFA score for prediction of sepsis outcome in emergency department. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.4.2031
Original Articles