The 11 variable PE severity index (PESI) score accurately predicts the 30 day risk of death, but can be cumbersome to use. This study derived and validated a simpler 6 variable score, based on age, cancer, chronic pulmonary disease, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation, which performed just as well as the 11 variable score. This simplified score is easier to use and has the same predictive value as the 11 variable score (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.