The qSOFA score was introduced by group 3 in February 2016. It is a simplified version of the SOFA score which aims to identify patients at high risk of an adverse outcome following their infection. The Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) criteria for defining sepsis were replaced as they had too many limitations; according to all the members of group 3, the SIRS criteria are useless for identifying sepsis. The quickSOFA drastically simplifies the SOFA score by including only 3 clinical criteria. The quickSOFA can easily and quickly be repeated in series on patients.
|Arterial hypotension (SBP ≤ 100 mmHg)
|High respiratory rate (≥ 22 breaths/min)
|Altered consciousness (GCS ≤ 14)
The score varies from 0 to 3 points. The presence of 2 or 3 spots, at the start of the infection, is associated with high mortality and/or prolonged stays in the intensive care unit. These results correspond in particular to patients with complications of their infection. Based on these findings, the Third International Consensus for the Definition of Sepsis recommends qSOFA as a quick and easy way to identify infected patients who are at risk of worsening.