COMA: When a person has a brain injury

 

Ron Savage, Ed.D. and Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.
Seeing a spouse, parent, child or sibling who is in a brain injury coma can be frightening and stressful for family members, friends and visitors. This tip card explains how a person may look and respond during various levels of coma. It gives practical suggestions for families as they wait and watch for changes in alertness and responsiveness.
Family members, friends and visitors usually don't know what to expect when a person is comatose. This tip cards explains how the Glasgow Coma Scale and Rancho Los Amigos Scale are used to measure the patient's level of consciousness and responsiveness. Examples of physical, cognitive, verbal and behavioral changes are described with tips and suggestions for how family members can help, comfort and respond to a child or adult in a coma.

Item COMA
Pages 8
Year Third edition, 2010