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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Determining level of consciousness

This is pretty much RT 101 stuff, but the following are the various levels of consciousness one might observe of others. A wise RT will be familiar with these terms and use them accordingly.
  1. Lethargic: somnolence: sleepy
  2. Stuporious: confused: responds inappropriately, OD, intoxication
  3. Semi-comatose: responds only to painful stimuli
  4. Comatose: does not respond to painful stimuli
  5. Obtunded: drowsy, maybe decreased cough/gag reflex

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