Causes of Acute Neurological Deterioration

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Early detection of neurological deterioration in patients means interventions are more likely to be successful. Therefore, you must be informed about the possible causes of neurological deterioration, know how to correctly assess the patient and intervene appropriately.

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A decrease of two or more points on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which measures a patient's level of consciousness on a scale of 3 to 15, is a warning sign of neurological deterioration. Patients may present in a variety of consciousness states ranging from full alertness and awareness, to some level of impairment, to complete unawareness and unresponsiveness.


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Neva Newell
18 May 2023
Good summary of topic
Sharan Ford
25 Oct 2021
It helps to keep up to date with new knowledge and enhance already learned knowledge
Naomi Holley
21 May 2023
Alison Wright
24 May 2023
Good revision.
Sheena Villalobos
03 Jun 2020
Quick and straight to the point. A good overview article to read.
Divina Cruz
28 Jun 2021
simple and easy to understand, applicable to any kind of setting
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Joel Valle
16 Jul 2020
Very practical and useful.
Deborah Nicholson
02 Jun 2020
Brief but relevant. Neurological assessment is often scary. Therefore a reminder of assessment is helpful.
Renee Cody
01 Jun 2020
This article was a brief refresher of different causes of neurological deterioration
Anh Nguyen
07 Jan 2021
reinforce my existing knowledge into my practice
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