Table 4

Characteristics and management per Mortality in Emergency Department Sepsis (MEDS) category

0–4 (n=127)5–7 (n=94)8–12 (n=81)13–15 (n=20)>15 (n=9)
Mortality, n (%)4 (3.1)5 (5.3)14 (17.3)8 (40.0)7 (77.8)
Age in years, mean (SD)55.1 (17.7)65.5 (16.2)69.5 (13.8)76.9 (8.9)75.9 (10.6)
Severity of sepsis, n (%)
 Sepsis109 (85.8)57 (60.6)43 (53.1)6 (30.0)3 (33.3)
 Severe sepsis18 (14.2)35 (37.2)35 (43.2)11 (55.0)1 (11.1)
 Septic shock2 (2.1)3 (3.7)3 (15.0)5 (55.6)
C reactive protein, mg/litre, mean (SD) (n=326)123.4 (111.4)130.8 (110.9)195.4 (142.4)250.0 (184.4)187.8 (151.4)
Lactate, mmol/litre, mean (SD) (n=47)4.3 (5.9)2.1 (1.0)4.7 (3.9)4.2 (4.1)10.4 (4.6)
Administration of antibiotics, n (%)
 Emergency department61 (48.0)49 (52.1)52 (64.2)12 (60.0)7 (77.8)
 Ward39 (30.7)36 (38.3)22 (27.2)8 (40.0)1 (11.1)
 No antibiotics27 (21.3)9 (9.6)7 (8.6)1 (11.1)
Unit of admittance*, n (%)
 General ward125 (98.4)84 (89.4)69 (85.2)17 (85.0)6 (66.7)
 Medium care unit2 (1.6)4 (4.3)4 (4.9)
 Intensive care unit6 (6.4)7 (8.6)2 (10.0)2 (22.2)
Duration of hospital stay for survivors, mean (SD)7.3 (7.4)10.7 (10.0)14.7 (19.8)14.4 (16.7)11.5 (3.5)
  • * Three persons died in the emergency department and were therefore not admitted to any unit.