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Organ failure scoring 

Organ failure scoring
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Organ failure scoring
Author(s):

Rui Moreno

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0030
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date: 25 February 2020

The general outcome prediction models were not, by design, developed to track individual patients. They provided an indication of death risks for groups of ICU patients. Hence, investigators created organ failure scores. Instruments, such as Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), Multiple Organ Dysfunction Score, or Logistic Organ Dysfunction Score are designed to evaluate separately the six most important organ systems in critically-ill patients sequentially, taken on a daily basis. Easy to perform, designed to be done at bedside, they do not forecast ICU or hospital mortality (apart from the SOFA score), but are very useful in describing the patient and his response to therapy.

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