Dear Nurses

Monday, January 01, 2007

ACCURATE NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT


Hi nurses,

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)

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