Glasgow Coma Scale Motor Component

The authors conducted a retrospective analysis of a statewide trauma registry including records from 393,877 patients from 1999 to 2013 to compare the predictive ability of a total Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) =13 vs. a Glasgow Coma Scale motor component (GCS-m) <6 for 6 trauma outcomes: Injury Severity Score (ISS) greater than 15; ISS greater than 24; death; ICU admission; need for surgery; or need for craniotomy. They concluded that the GCS-m predicts serious outcomes as well as the total GCS, and its use would simplify triage in the field.
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