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Journal of Personalized Medicine


Potentially septic patients have a huge clinical and economic impact on hospitals and often present to the emergency department (ED) with undifferentiated symptoms. The triage of these patients is complex and has historically relied heavily upon provider judgment. This study aims to evaluate the consistency of provider judgment and the potential of a new host response sepsis test to aid in the triage process. A modified Delphi study involving 26 participants from multiple specialties was conducted to evaluate provider agreement about sepsis risk and to test proposed actions based on the results of a sepsis test. The participants considered case vignettes of potentially septic patients designed to represent diagnostic dilemmas. Provider assessment of sepsis risk in these cases ranged from 10% to 90% and agreement was poor. Agreement about clinical actions to take in response to testing improved when participants considered their own hypothetical borderline cases. New host response testing for sepsis may have the potential to improve sepsis diagnosis and care and should be applied in a protocolized fashion to ensure consistency of results.

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