Information Significance of the qSOFA Scale for Current Clinical Medicine. Literature Review


V.A. Rudnov1,2, M.A. Astafeva2

1 Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Further Professional Education “Ural state medical university” Ministry of healthcare of the Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg

2 Municipal autonomic health care institution “City Clinical Hospital No. 40”, Yekaterinburg

For correspondence: Rudnov Vladimir Aleksandrovich — Dr. Med. Sci., Professor, Head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Reanimatology and Toxicology, UGMU, Deputy Chief Physician for Anaesthesiology and Reanimatology, MAU GKB No. 40, Ekaterinburg; e-mail:

For citation: Rudnov V.A., Astafeva M.A. Information significance of the qSOFA scale for current clinical medicine. Literature review. Alexander Saltanov Intensive Care Herald. 2018;4:30–37.

DOI: 10.21320/1818-474X-2018-4-30-37

Active development of resuscitation and intensive care, establishment of departments and established clinical practice to understand the extreme heterogeneity of patients in critical conditions. One of the tools to reduce the number of errors and make an informed decision, depending on the situation. One of the shortcomings in the consciousness of scoring systems is their relative unwieldiness, the need for mandatory implementation of certain laboratory studies, which requires additional equipment and time. Therefore, attempts were made to create values based on clinical criteria or minimums. To such belongs the “early alarm” scale of the rapid SOFA.

The purpose of this publication was to assess the information significance of the qSOFA scale and determine its role for emergency and critical states, through analysis of literature data.

Conclusion. The qSOFA scale is designed to determine the risk of developing organ-system dysfunction, predicting the outcome of a critical condition and determining the location of the treatment delivery, not inferior to the sensitivity syndrome of the SVR, with respect to the prognosis of the outcome of sepsis in pacities with suspected infection, significantly exceeds its specificity.

Keywords: qSOFA scale, prognosis outcome, lactate, procalcitonin

Received: 19.10.2018

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