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Iacono Laura A. MS RN; Lyons, Kerry A. MS
Journal of Trauma Nursing: July-August-September 2005

The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is an easy to use tool for assessing neurological function and brain injury in comatose patients particularly in acute stages of traumatic injury or illness. Due to the simplicity of the scale, however, proper training is often overlooked limiting its usefulness. This manuscript describes the basic components of the GCS and the proper scoring method to elicit accurate evaluations.

Laura A. Iacono, MS, RN is the Quality Improvement Program Director and Kerry A. Lyons, MS is the Quality Improvement Program Manager of the Brain Trauma Foundation, New York, NY.

© 2005 Society of Trauma Nurses