Use of qSOFA in the Emergency Department

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

March 30, 2019

Last Updated Month/Year

August 8, 2022

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

To address the Use of qSOFA in the Emergency Department
A. How does qSOFA perform as a diagnostic tool for ED patients who may have sepsis and/or septic shock?
B. How does qSOFA perform as a prognostic indicator in ED patients diagnosed with sepsis and/or septic shock?

Target Patient Population

Patients with suspected sepsis/septic shock

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Adult, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Emergency care, Hospital

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Assessment and screening, Diagnosis

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D018805 - Sepsis, D019937 - Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures, D012772 - Shock, Septic, D003954 - Diagnostic Services, D018746 - Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome


qSOFA, SIRS, sepsis, septic shock, systemic inflammatory response syndrome