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The Glasgow Coma Scale explained

As you sit and contemplate the road that lies ahead of you and your loved one after they have suffered a traumatic brain injury in Bozeman, your first need to understand exactly what their prognosis may be. Yet when people in your same situation come to us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP, they often question how can they know what their family members or friends may be facing so soon after having suffered their injuries. Knowing that may indeed by possible thanks to a clinical observation test known as the Glasgow Coma Scale. 

When clinicians first receive your loved one after they have suffered a TBI, the extent of the injury must be determined. That determination is made by observing your family member or friend's motor skills, language and eye movement. Standard responses are hoped for, while delayed or hindered responses can indicate a serious brain injury. The clinicians treating your loved one will assign point totals in each of the aforementioned three categories and then add them together to get an overall score. 

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the score categories are broken down as follows: 

  • 13-15 points: Mild brain injury
  • Nine - 12 points: Moderate brain injury
  • Less than eight points: Severe brain injury

Complete recovery from mild and even moderate brain injuries is possible (although it may take between a few days to several years). Any recovery your loved one might experience from a severe brain injury is likely to be limited, and they may require extensive assistance and therapy for the remainder of their lives. In either event, the indication given from the Glasgow Coms Scale may help you in determining when to seek action in response to your loved one's TBI. 

More information on dealing with brain injuries can be found throughout our site. 

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