The Glasgow Coma Scale provides a framework for describing the state of a patient in terms of three aspects of responsiveness: eye opening, verbal response, and best motor response, each stratified according to increasing impairment.
The Glasgow Coma Score is an artificial index; obtained by adding scores for the three responses. The notation for the score was derived from the extended scale, incorporating the distinction between normal and abnormal flexion movements, producing a total score of 15. The score ranges from 3 to15. This score can provide a useful single figure summary and a basis for systems of classification, but contains less information than a description separately of the three responses.
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- Information screen contains a short description of the clinical utility.
- References are provided with links to abstracts in PubMed.