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National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care (UK). Head Injury: Triage, Assessment, Investigation and Early Management of Head Injury in Infants, Children and Adults. London: National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care (UK); 2007 Sep. (NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 56.)

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Head Injury: Triage, Assessment, Investigation and Early Management of Head Injury in Infants, Children and Adults.

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Appendix MThe Glasgow Coma Scale for adults

The Glasgow Coma Scale is scored between 3 and 15, 3 being the worst, and 15 the best. It is composed of three parameters: Best Eye Response, Best Verbal Response, Best Motor Response. The definition of these parameters is given below.

Best Eye Response. (4)

  1. No eye opening.
  2. Eye opening to pain.
  3. Eye opening to verbal command.
  4. Eyes open spontaneously.

Best Verbal Response. (5)

  1. No verbal response
  2. Incomprehensible sounds.
  3. Inappropriate words.
  4. Confused
  5. Orientated

Best Motor Response. (6)

  1. Extension to pain.
  2. Abnormal flexion to pain.
  3. Normal flexion to pain.
  4. Localising pain.
  5. Obeys Commands.
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