Published: 24 April 2021
Author(s): Juan Gonzalez del Castillo, Carlota Clemente-Callejo, Ferran Llopis, Andreea Irimia, Fernando Oltra-Hostalet, Cindy Rechner, Andrej Schwabe, Verónica Fernandez-Rodriguez, Catalina Sánchez-Mora, Jordi Giol-Amich, Belén Prieto-García, Ignasi Bardés-Robles, Maria Dolores Ortega-de Heredia, Eric Jorge García-Lamberechts, Carmen Navarro-Bustos, INFURG-SEMES investigators
Issue: June 2021

Patients with suspected infections presenting to the emergency department (ED) can potentially develop life-threatening conditions [1]. An early assessment of disease severity and the risk of disease progression of these patients in the ED is crucial to identify patients at high risk that need a higher level of care, immediate therapy, and hospitalization. Missed identification of high severity patients with initially low severities but a high potential for disease progression may lead to a delayed treatment or to inappropriate therapy and discharge decisions [2, 3].

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