Even though it is calculated sequentially based on the worse values in the past 24 hours, the SOFA score is not meant to indicate the success or failure of interventions or to influence medical management.
- Clinical prediction rules such as the SOFA and APACHE II scores should be measured on all patients admitted to the intensive care unit in order to determine the level of acuity and mortality risk.
- This information can then be used in a number of ways such as to provide the family with a prognosis, for clinical trials, or for quality assessment.
- The SOFA score is not designed to influence medical management. As such, it should not be used dynamically or to determine the success or failure of an intervention in the ICU.