Glasgow Coma Scale

Course Description

GCS.mp4Introduction of the course

This course on Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) monitoring enables nurses in understanding the practical method for assessment of impairment of conscious level of a patient in response to defined stimuli.

The GCS is a reliable and objective way of recording the initial and subsequent level of consciousness in a person after a brain injury.

The objective of this course is to:

  • Explain the concepts related to GCS monitoring
  • Develop skill in making standard observation of the three components of GCS 
  • Enlist the factors that may hinder the process of assessment

The instructor for the course is:

Ms. Medha Verma, Senior Manager – Nursing Education, Bodhi Health Education           

Facility: AIIMS Hospital, Delhi

Curriculum

    Details of the Course
    1. Introduction of the course

      Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is the most common scoring system used to describe the level of consciousness in a person following a traumatic brain injury.

      The Glasgow Coma Scale is based on a 15 point scale for estimating and categorizing the outcomes of brain injury on the basis of overall social capability or dependence on others. The test measures the motor response, verbal response and eye opening response with these values.

      The module is divided into three parts:


    Part A-Eye response
    1. This part of the module describes the method of assessing and grading the patient’s eye response. There are four grades starting with no eye opening to opening spontaneously.


    Part B- Verbal response
    1. This part of the module describes the method of assessing and grading the patient’s verbal response. There are five grades starting with no verbal response to well oriented.


    Part C- Motor response
    1. This part of the module describes the method of assessing and grading the patient’s motor response. There are six grades starting with no motor response to obeys command.


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