Explain how and when to use the Glasgow Coma Scale with a client.
The Glasgow Coma Scale is useful for rating ones response to stimuli. Use the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) for clients who are at high risk for rapid deterioration of the nervous system.
GCS score of less than 14 indicates some impairment in the level of consciousness. The client who scores 10 or lower needs emergency attention. The client with a score of 7 or lower is generally considered to be in a coma. A score of 3, the lowest possible score, indicates deep coma.