Sepsis and covid

I am wondering what other facilities are doing regarding sepsis criteria as it relates to covid?  Many covid patients technically have 2 SIRS criteria  that might qualify them for viral sepsis but are most facilities looking more for some sort of organ dysfunction or more criteria in order to query for or code the sepsis? Our facility still uses the old sepsis criteria (2 SIRS + infection).



  • Our facility technically uses the SIRS + Infection, but our CDI group is not asking for sepsis unless there is acute organ dysfunction associated with the infection, excluding the respiratory failure/ARDS.

  • Why are you excluding Acute Resp Failure/ARDS as organ dysfunctions for Covid? Is this a clinical or coding rationale?

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