Development of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in critically ill patients with perforated viscus: Predictive value of APACHE severity scoring
Multiple Organ Failure
The development of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome correlated with higher APACHE III scores but was independent of the type of perforation. Only the development of overt multiple organ failure predicted death. Combined use of APACHE III and the multiple organ dysfunction score provides improved prediction of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, but further enhancements are needed before prediction of outcome in individual patients is reliable.