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Critical Care

Volume 12 Supplement 5

Sepsis 2008

Open Access

Prognostic factors of severe sepsis: a result of Korean sepsis registry system

  • Byung-Chul Chun1,
  • Min-Ja Kim1,
  • Jang Wook Sohn1,
  • Hee Jin Cheong1,
  • Dae Won Park1,
  • Hee Jung Choi2,
  • Yang Ree Kim3,
  • Kyong Ran Peck4,
  • Yang Soo Kim5,
  • Young Hwa Choi6,
  • Hyo Youl Kim7,
  • Jun Yong Choi8,
  • Young Goo Song8 and
  • June Myung Kim8
Critical Care200812(Suppl 5):P42

Published: 18 November 2008


Severe SepsisProthrombin TimeOrgan DysfunctionGlasgow Coma ScaleSignificant Prognostic Factor


Severe sepsis is a highly fatal condition, but the prognostic factors of severe sepsis are not yet fully understood.


One thousand and twenty-six severe sepsis patients (community-acquired infection only) were registered in the Korean Sepsis Registry System from May 2005 to November 2007. The Korean Sepsis Registry System is a web-based ongoing prospective data collection system from 12 tertiary referral hospitals in Korea.


The Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score, Serial Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) at admission and serial 1 to 4 days after admission, demographic characteristics, comorbidity conditions with the Charlson score, Glasgow coma scale, organ dysfunction index, infection site, organism, and laboratory data at admission of 1,026 severe sepsis patients were analysed and evaluated to determine the association with 7-day mortality respectively. To develop a prognostic model, decision tree analysis was carried out with SAS 9.1.


The 7-day mortality rate was 13.6/100 patients. Age was an independent risk factor, but the highest mortality (25.3%) was seen in the 60 to 69 years age group. The greater the number of organ dysfunctions, the higher the mortality. The underlying conditions were not statistically significant as a risk factor of 7-day mortality except liver diseases (P = 0.0015). The blood pressure, Charlson score, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score and SOFA score at admission were all significantly associated with mortality. The initial laboratory values of hemoglobin, white blood cells, platelets, fibrinogen, prothrombin time, partial prothrombin time, arterial pH, potassium and albumin at admission were also statistically significant in bivariate analysis. Systemic infection and central nervous system infection showed 26.7% and 25.0% 7-day mortality. In a prognostic model by decision tree analysis, the blood coagulation factors (prothrombin time, platelet) and SOFA at 5 days after admission were the most significant prognostic factors of 7-day mortality. The sensitivity and specificity of this model were 67.5% and 96.8%, respectively.


The blood coagulation factors and SOFA were the most significant prognostic factors of 7-day mortality.

Authors’ Affiliations

Korea University Medical College, Seoul, Korea
Ewah Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Catholic University Medical College, Seoul, Korea
Sungkyunkwan University Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
University of Ulsan Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Ajou University Medical College, Seoul, Korea
Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


© Chun et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.