Adding up the Glasgow Coma Score
Since the Glasgow Coma Scale was described1 a great number of other contres have adopted it, and Langfitt2 has recommended its widespread use in assessing head injured patients. The scale consists of three separate responses: eye opening (E). verbal (V), and motor responses (M), each classified by a series of grades of responsiveness. Each subdivision of responsiveness can be allocated a number, better grades scoring higher.
KeywordsGlasgow Coma Scale Motor Response Glasgow Coma Score Severe Head Injury Head Injured Patient
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