Traumatic Brain Injury - Glasgow Coma Scale

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Traumatic Brain Injury
Glasgow Coma Scale
test
score
condition
Eye Opening
the patient can open his eyes spontaneously
the patient can open his eyes on verbal command
the patient opens his eyes only in response to painful stimuli
the patient does not open his eyes in response to any stimulus
Best Verbal Response
the patient is oriented and can speak coherently
the patient is disoriented but can speak coherently
the patient uses inappropriate words or incoherent language
the patient makes incomprehensible sounds
the patient gives no verbal response at all
Best Motor Response
the patient can move his arms and legs in response to verbal commands
the patient shows movement in response to a variety of stimuli, including pain
the patient shows no movement in response to stimuli
Total score
scale
mild head injury
moderate head injury
severe head injury
The results of the three tests are added up to determine the patient's overall condition
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. www.ninds.nih.gov