Doctors back new paediatric sepsis criteria over inflammation-based model

Dr Marino Festa says the Phoenix Sepsis Score relies on clinicians having a high index of suspicion.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Marino Festa.

Paediatric sepsis and septic shock diagnoses should no longer be based on systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria, according to an international team of doctors.

Instead, they recommend using the new Phoenix Sepsis Score — which measures cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory and/or coagulation dysfunction — when diagnosing sepsis in children.