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Reviewing the Glasgow Coma Scale

Immediately after learning that your loved one has experienced a brain injury in New York City, your first question is likely to be to what extent can you expect him or her to recover. While providing you with a definite answer may be impossible, the clinicians that treat him or her may be outline certain clinical indicators that can at least offer you an idea of what to expect. Why is such information important in the moment? As many of those that we here at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can attest to, knowing that may influence your actions when dealing with the aftermath of your loved one's injury. 

Your loved one's levels of response immediately following his or her injury might be able to offer a clue as to the potential outlook of his or her case. The Glasgow Coma Scale has been developed to help indicate the extent of a brain injury before clinical tests are able to confirm it. Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the GCS takes the results of three tests into account: 

  • Eye opening response 
  • Verbal response 
  • Motor response

four, five and six points are available in each category, respectively. The higher the point total in the category, the more responsive your loved one is. 

The point totals from each category are added together to come up with an overall GCS. A score between 13-15 indicates a mild head injury, one from which your loved may be able to completely recover. A GCS between 9-12 describes a moderate head injury recovery is possible, yet your loved one could be left with certain cognitive and/or physical deficits. Anything lower than an eight represents a severe head injury and offer limited hope for recover. 

More information on dealing with brain injuries can be found here on our site. 

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