A Prospective Evaluation of the Impact of Initial Glasgow Coma Score on Prehospital Treatment and Transport of Seizure Patients

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Abstract

Hypothesis The initial Glasgow Coma Score (GCS) obtained by prehospital personnel on seizure victims is associated with the likelihood of treatment and transport. Methods: Prehospital data were collected prospectively for all patients presenting with seizures to a mid-sized emergency medical services system during a five-month period. A total of 419 cases occurred (62.8% male, 37.2 % female). Seizure frequency was highest in infants under the age of three years and in adults in their late 20s. A GCS was recorded in 378 cases (90.2%, study group). The GCS was =10 in 304 patients (80.4%) and ≤10 in 74 (19.6%). Patients with GCS ≤10 were more likely to receive: oxygen (50.0% vs. 20.1 %, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine

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