- To sound
- To pressure
- Obey commands
- Normal flexion
- Abnormal flexion
Recording the Glasgow Coma Scale is important to observe and communicate trends in a patient’s condition.
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The modern structured approach to assessment of the Glasgow Coma Scale improves accuracy, reliability and communication.
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Identify any factors that might interfere with your assessment.
Observe for spontaneous behaviours in any of the three components of the GCS.
Verbal and physical stimuli will be needed in patients without spontaneous behaviours.
Judge observed response against presence or absence of defined criteria.