Assessment of oxygenation and comorbidities improves outcome prediction in patients with community-acquired pneumonia with a low CRB-65 score

M. Kolditz*, S. Ewig, H. Schutte, N. Suttorp, T. Welte, G. Rohde

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BACKGROUND: Addition of assessment of comorbid diseases ('D') and oxygen saturation ('S') to the CRB-65 score has been recommended to improve its accuracy for risk stratification in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The aim of the present study was to validate the resulting DS-CRB-65 score in a large cohort of patients with CAP. METHODS: A total of 4432 patients prospectively enrolled in the CAPNETZ cohort were included in the present study. Predefined endpoints were 28-day mortality, requirement for mechanical ventilation or vasopressors (MV/VS) and requirement for MV/VS or intensive care unit admission (MV/VS/ICU). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was used to determine the accuracy of the CRB-65 score and the addition of D (extra-pulmonary comorbidities) and S (oxygen saturation <90% or partial pressure of oxygen <8 kPa). Binary logistic regression and the method of Hanley and McNeil were used to compare the criteria. RESULTS: The mortality rate was 4.0%, and 4.2% of patients required MV/VS and 6.6% required MV/VS/ICU. After multivariate analysis, D and S independently added to the CRB-65 criteria for mortality prediction, but only S improved prediction of MV/VS and MV/VS/ICU (P < 0.001 for both). The area under the curve of the CRB-65 score was significantly improved by adding D and S for all endpoints (P < 0.02). Among patients who died or required MV/VS despite a CRB-65 score of 0, 64-80% would have been identified by the DS-CRB-65 score. CONCLUSIONS: The addition of assessment of oxygenation and comorbidities significantly improved the prognostic accuracy of the CRB-65 score. Consequently, the DS-CRB-65 score may have a useful role in risk stratification algorithms for CAP. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Internal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015


  • community-acquired pneumonia
  • mortality
  • prediction
  • risk score
  • risk stratification

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