The glasgow coma scale clinical application in emergency departments
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The glasgow coma scale clinical application in emergency departments

Andriana Iankova Staff nurse, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, Halifax, University of East Anglia, Norwich

ANDRIANA IANKOVA discusses the use of the Glasgow Coma Scale assessment tool in adult patients with head injury whose levels of consciousness may be compromised by alcohol

About one million people with head injuries attend emergency departments (EDs) every year in the UK (Surgical Tutor 2006). On average, 150,000 of these are admitted to hospital (Headway 2006, Treadwell and Mendelow 1994) and most are discharged within 48 hours (Flint 1999).

Emergency Nurse. 14, 8, 30-35. doi: 10.7748/en2006.12.14.8.30.c4221

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