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|Glasgow Coma Scale|
Credits: 1.00 Post-Assessment Questions: 7
Release Date: 5 Oct 2020
Expiration Date: 23 Jun 2021
Last Reviewed: 23 Jun 2020
Estimated Time To Finish: 60 Minutes
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The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is used to objectively describe the extent of impaired consciousness in all types of acute medical and trauma patients. The scale assesses patients according to three aspects of responsiveness: eye-opening, motor, and verbal responses. Reporting each of these separately provides a clear, communicable picture of a patient. The findings in each component of the scale can aggregate into a total Glasgow Coma Score which gives a less detailed description but can provide a useful summary of the overall severity. The Glasgow Coma Scale and its total score have since been incorporated in numerous clinical guidelines and scoring systems for victims of trauma or critical illness. This activity describes the use of the Glasgow Coma Scale and reviews the role of using the scale for the interprofessional team to successfully communicate a patients condition.
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Authors: Shobhit Jain
Editors: Lindsay Iverson
Editors-In-Chief: Grant GooldRon FellerKyle Cohen
Chief Medical Reviewer: Ria Monica Asuncion
Nurse Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Lisa Haddad
Pharmacy Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Mark Pellegrini
Physician Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Scott Dulebohn
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