Unconscious Patient: Emergency Diagnosis and Treatment

A.A. Birkun

Abstract


Being potentially life-threatening condition that considerably determines an outcome for patients with various neurological disorders, coma always represents a challenge for a practicing physician. As far as comatose state is frequently associated with critical disturbances of vital functions, well-timed selection of treatment tactics, based on ability to make a correct diagnostic decision promptly, may be of utmost importance. This article describes the key principles of emergency diagnosis and treatment of unconscious patients, presented in up-to-date medical literature.


Keywords


coma; consciousness; unresponsiveness; FOUR

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22141/2224-0586.8.55.2013.88538

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