The International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis Subcommittee recognizes a published scoring system to help identify DIC (Figure 2). In order to utilize this score, the patient must have an identified underlying disorder that is known to be a s s o c i a t e d with DIC asdiscussed previously. The score can then be calculated by using the results of the above labs. A score of less than five is not suggestive of DIC, while a score greater than or equal to five is indicative of overt DIC. Additionally, there is an association between higher scores and increasing mortality. This score is 91% sensitive and 97% specific for DIC and provides a way to risk stratify critical patients with higher scores.
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