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Derivation of clinical decision rules in suspected sepsis:- Is it possible to derive and validate a set of clinical decision rules or a predictive tool to rule outsepsis which can be applied to patients presenting to hospital; with suspected sepsis?

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Why this is important:- In primary care and emergency departments people with suspected sepsis are often seen byrelatively inexperienced doctors. Many of these people will be in low and medium risk groups butevidence is lacking as to who can be sent home safely and who needs intravenous or oral antibiotics. The consequences of getting the decision making wrong can be catastrophic and therefore many patients are potentially over-investigated and admitted inappropriately. Current guidance is dependent on use of individual variables informed by low quality evidence.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Sepsis: recognition, diagnosis and early management
Date issued
July 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/07/2016