What is the Glasgow Coma Scale and what is its significance regarding brain injuries?

The Glasgow Coma Scale is used to assess three different functions: eye opening, motor response, and verbal response. Scores can range from 15 (normal) to 3 (critical; the lowest score possible). A lower score indicates a person is less responsive. Scores are interpreted as follows, when analyzing for TBI:

  • 14-13—mild brain injury
  • 12-9—moderate brain injury
  • 8 or less—a severe brain injury

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