Teasdale and Jennett published the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) in the Lancet in 1974 as an aid in the clinical assessment of post-traumatic unconsciousness. The GCS has three components: eye (E), verbal (V) and motor (M) response to external stimuli. The best or highest responses are recorded. The scale consisted of 14 points, but was later adapted to 15.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the history of the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).
  • Review each of the 3 components of the GCS: 
    • Eye Response, 
    • Verbal Response, 
    • Motor Response.
  • Review the modifications to the GCS for paediatric/non-verbal patients.
  • Discuss the application of the GCS.
  • Discuss any special considerations associated with the GCS.

Est Time: 30 mins

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