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Emergency Medical Minute


May 23, 2018

Author: Michael Hunt, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Studies have shown that patients with decreasing GCS scores have worse outcomes, however GCS of 4 has worse outcome than GCS 3.
  • Alternative scoring system is the GCS-P score which is GCS score - number of non-reactive pupils.
  • GCS3 50% mortality 70% poor outcome at 6 months; GCS-P of 1 had mortality 74% and poor outcome at about 90% at 6 months.
  • GCS-P score is a better prognostic indicator than GCS score.



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