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How to Approach an Unconscious Patient

  • Eric Aldrich
  • Rolf Biniek
  • Werner Hacke

Abstract

The unconscious patient presents a challenging emergency in the intensive care unit. This is a dangerous time for the patient; patient evaluation and treatment must occur simultaneously. Clinical circumstances with immediate therapeutic consequences, such as hypoxia or hypoglycemia, must be identified and treated quickly. Then, as the patient’s condition is being stabilized, a working diagnosis must be made and a treatment plan formulated. Lengthy diagnostic procedures, such as angiography and magnetic resonance imaging, should be considered only after these initial steps are taken.

Keywords

Noxious Stimulus Pupil Size Deep Coma Verbal Command Unconscious Patient 
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Suggested Reading

  1. Plum F, Posner JB (1984) The diagnosis of stupor and coma. Davis, PhiladelphiaGoogle Scholar
  2. Stohr M, Brandt T, Einhäupl KM (1990) Neurologische Syndrom in der Intensivmedizin Kohlhammer, StuttgartGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Aldrich
  • Rolf Biniek
  • Werner Hacke

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