Glasgow coma scale: being conscious of mistakes


The Glasgow coma scale (GCS) is the tool most commonly used by paramedics to assess and compare levels of consciousness; the results of this assessment often determine initial and ongoing treatment. Limitations surrounding the use of the GCS in difficult clinical environments and in patients with certain preexisting comorbidities has increased interest in potential alternatives. Despite widespread use of the GCS both in the hospital setting and in out-of-hospital environments, there is limited evidence examining paramedic accuracy when using this assessment tool.

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