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Table 2 Distribution of systematic inflammatory response syndrome, infections and organ dysfunction in patients admitted at the Department of Medicine with infection without SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock in an 18-month period

From: Focus of infection and microbiological etiology in community-acquired infections in hospitalized adult patients in the Faroe Islands

Variables Infection without SIRS Sepsis of any severity Sepsis Severe sepsis Septic shock
Total n = 471 n = 583 n = 296 n = 266 n = 21
Bacteremia, n (%)
 No 459 (97.5) 496 (85.1) 265 (89.5) 216 (81.2) 15 (71.4)
 Yes 12 (2.5) 87 (14.9) 31 (10.5) 50 (18.8) 6 (28.6)
No. of sources of infection per patient, n (%)
 1 318 (67.5) 380 (65.2) 184 (62.2) 183 (68.8) 13 (62.0)
 2 21 (4.5) 57 (9.8) 19 (6.4) 35 (13.2) 3 (14.3)
 3 1 (0.2) 3 (0.5) 0 3 (1.1) 0
Sites of infection, n (%)*
 CNS 1 (0.2) 3 (0.5) 1 (0.3) 2 (0.8) 0
 Upper respiratory tract 7 (1.5) 7 (1.2) 3 (1.0) 4 (1.5) 0
 Lower respiratory tract 162 (34.4) 245 (42.0) 107 (36.1) 129 (48.5) 9 (43.0)
 Cardiovascular 3 (0.6) 1 (0.2) 1 (0.3) 0 0
 Abdominal 15 (3.2) 16 (2.7) 5 (1.7) 9 (3.4) 2 (9.5)
 Genitourinary tract 89 (18.9) 119 (20.4) 60 (20.3) 57 (21.4) 2 (9.5)
 Skin-soft tissue/bone-joint 49 (10.4) 50 (8.6) 26 (8.8) 23 (8.6) 1 (4.8)
 Catheter infection 15 (3.2) 31 (5.3) 6 (2.0) 22 (8.3) 3 (14.3)
 Other infection 23 (4.9) 29 (5.0) 13 (4.4) 14 (5.3) 2 (9.5)
 Uncertain group with bacteremia 0 10 (1.7) 5 (1.7) 5 (1.9) 0
 Uncertain group without bacteremia 131 (27.8) 133 (22.8) 88 (29.7) 40 (15.0) 5 (23.8)
SIRS, n (%)
 Pulse rate 149 (31.6) 406 (69.6) 216 (73.0) 177 (66.5) 13 (61.9)
 Temperature 75 (15.9) 296 (50.8) 164 (55.4) 126 (47.4) 6 (28.6)
 Respiratory rate 12 (2.5) 427 (73.2) 211 (71.3) 198 (74.4) 18 (85.7)
 Leukocyte count 73 (15.5) 368 (63.1) 187 (63.2) 170 (63.9) 11 (52.4)
SOFA positive criteria, n (%)
 0 183 (38.9) 148 (25.4) 131 (44.3) 17 (6.4) 0
 1 181 (38.4) 183 (31.4) 115 (38.9) 68 (25.6) 0
 2 53 (11.3) 126 (21.6) 40 (13.5) 83 (31.2) 3 (14.3)
 3+ 54 (11.5) 126 (21.6) 10 (3.4) 98 (36.8) 18 (85.7)
SIRS positive criteria, n (%)
 2 0 342 (58.7) 190 (64.2) 143 (53.8) 9 (42.9)
 3 0 203 (34.8) 101 (34.1) 93 (35.0) 9 (42.9)
 4 0 38 (6.5) 5 (1.7) 30 (11.3) 3 (14.3)
QSOFA, n (%)
 0 325 (69.0) 245 (42.0) 213 (72.0) 32 (12.0) 0
 1 126 (26.8) 235 (40.3) 79 (26.7) 149 (56.0) 7 (33.3)
 2 19 (4.0) 74 (12.7) 4 (1.4) 64 (24.1) 6 (28.6)
 3 1 (0.2) 29 (5.0) 0 21 (7.9) 8 (38.1)
  1. *The added number of individual sites of infection exceed the number of patients because one patient could have more than one site of infection or organ failure associated with the admission