GLASCOW COMA SCALE  
VARIABLE GROUP GCS
VARIABLES
 VariableDescription
Codes GCS_DocDoes the medical record document a Glasgow Coma Scale score ~30 minutes post-injury?
Codes GCS_ScoreGlasgow Coma Scale score at ~30 minutes post-injury
Codes GCS_SedationDoes the medical record reveal that the participant was sedated (regardless of intubation) when the above Glasgow Coma Scale score was determined?


DEFINITION

Glasgow Coma Scale Score at 30 Minutes Post-Injury

NOTE

NOTE: Alteration in brain function is defined as by one (or more) of the following clinical signs:

-any period of loss of or a decreased level of consciousness (LOC);
-any loss of memory for events immediately before (retrograde) or after the injury (PTA);
-any alteration in mental state at the time of the injury (i.e., confusion, disorientation,).

NOTE: other evidence of brain pathology: Such evidence may include visual, neuroradiologic or laboratory confirmation of damage to the brain.

NOTE: caused by an external force may include any of the following events:
-the head being struck by an object,
-the head striking an object,
-the brain undergoing an acceleration/deceleration movement without direct external trauma to the head

NOTE: at least temporary disability denotes immediately apparent limitations in everyday function (i.e., inability to perform instrumental or basic activities of daily living)