Published: 4 June 2018
Author(s): Ilaria Francesca Martino, Virginia Figgiaconi, Elena Seminari, Alba Muzzi, Marta Corbella, Stefano Perlini
Issue: June 2018
Section: Letter to the Editor

Sepsis is a life-threatening, high-mortality syndrome that is still lacking a validated standard diagnostic test, although it is widely recognised that early identification of these conditions is a key factor for improving prognosis. Sepsis and septic shock are both underdiagnosed and undertreated [1]. In order to quickly identify septic patients at higher risk of negative outcomes, several scores have been proposed as valuable screening tools such as SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) [2], modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) score [3] and the Sequential [Sepsis-related] Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score [4].

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