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Comment & Response
July 26, 2016

Clinical Criteria to Identify Patients With Sepsis

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
JAMA. 2016;316(4):453-454. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6410

To the Editor In their study, Dr Seymour and colleagues developed a simple model for identifying ward patients at risk of sepsis.1 Their qSOFA score was compared with previously published criteria. We agree with the authors that there is a need for early recognition of patients with sepsis and that such systems should be based on measures of organ dysfunction, such as easily recorded vital signs, and feasible for health staff to use. The authors stated that the greater “predictive validity for in-hospital mortality” of the qSOFA supports its use.