Glasgow Coma Scale

Advanced, Organ-Based and Clinical Sciences

The Glasgow coma scale is an assessment tool utilized to measure level of consciousness after brain injury. GCS <8 is an indication for intubation. The score can range from 3 to 15. A score of 3 would indicate the patient is completely unresponsive, while a score of 15 would indicate the patient is fully alert and responsive. Assessment includes eye opening, verbal response, and motor response. Points are given for the following observed responses in each category:

Eye Opening:

1-none

2-to pain

3-to voice

4-spontaneously

Verbal:

1-none

2-sounds

3-words

4-confused

5-oriented

Motor:

1-none

2-abnormal extension to pain (decerebrate)

3-abnormal flexion to pain (decorticate)

4-withdrawal to pain

5-localizes to pain

6-obeys commands

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2021

Year asked

Author
Daniel Ianno, MD