Table 3

Mortality related to onset and duration of persistent organ failure

Mortality (%)
Single organ failureMultiple organ failure
Onset of persistent organ failure (first episode after onset)
 Within 48 hours2/11 (18)12/20 (60)
 First week (>48 hours)5/20 (25)28/61 (46)
 Second week0/4 (0)13/24 (54)
 Third or fourth week2/8 (25)10/30 (33)
 Fifth week or later2/10 (20)9/31 (29)
Duration of persistent organ failure (longest episode during hospital stay)
 <48 hours5/5 (100)
 48 hours to 1 week4/22 (18)29/75 (39)
 1–2 weeks2/11 (18)15/40 (38)
 2–3 weeks1/12 (8)6/13 (46)
 >3 weeks4/8 (50)17/33 (52)
  • Data represent onset of the first episode of persistent organ failure (any organ system) and duration of the longest episode of persistent organ failure (any organ system). Patients who died within 48 hours after onset of organ failure are included and were considered to have persistent organ failure.