The Glasgow coma scale (GCS) is a tool used to assess and calculate a patient’s level of consciousness. It was developed in 1974 by two neurosurgeons in Glasgow and is continued to be used today.
The GCS was initially used to assess the level of consciousness in patients after head injury, but the scale is now used in many acutely unwell patients. In hospitals it is also used to monitor patients in intensive care units.
It uses a three -point scoring system: best eye opening (maximum 4 points), best verbal response (maximum 5 points), and best motor response (maximum 6 points). These scores are added together to provide a total score between 3 and 15
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