New method allows quick assessment of severity of brain Injuries

‌A new way to rapidly assess levels of consciousness in people with head injuries could improve patient care. The new score, based on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), could also help doctors assess the health of the patient’s central nervous system in cases of serious trauma or intensive care. Using it could improve the way doctors around the world care for patients in a coma from brain injury.

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Professor Sir Graham Teasdale, Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Glasgow, who first developed the GCS and co-led the study, said: “This has been a very successful collaboration. It promises to add a new index to the language of clinical practice throughout the world. The GCS-P will be a platform for bringing together clinical information in a way that can be easily communicated and understood. ”

First published: 26 June 2018