ACCURATE NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
How accurate is your neurological assessment. Do you follow your Glasgow Coma Scale?(chapter 18)
Do you pay close attention to whether your patient is awake and alert ?
Do you ask your patient to follow commands ?
Here are some helpful hints for accurate assessment :
-Always start your shift with a quick neurological assessment. COMPARE your findings
TO THE ONE OF THE OFF-GOING SHIFT.
- If your patient is very lethargic or hard to arouse NEVER GIVE PAIN MEDS , as this may result in further deterioration.
- NOTIFY YOUR CHARGE NURSE AND MD OF ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN NEURO STATUS.
FOR MORE UPDATED INFORMATION ON ACCURATE NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT,CLICK ON THE LINK: STROKE SERIES ASSESSMENT IN THE CLINICAL SETTING.
Also enjoy watching the Clinical Video (Sessions 3)