Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: Dr Stockinger clarifies the difference
between the Glasgow Coma Scale as originally described by Teasdale and Jennett1 and its subsequent modification into the Glasgow
Coma Score.2 We agree that for intubated
patients, it is most useful to describe the individual components of the Glasgow
Coma Score rather than the total score. Unfortunately this is a limitation
of the existing literature, for most primary studies in our review did not
provide individual scores (ie, eyes, verbal, motor) but instead reported only
the total score.
Booth CM, Detsky A. Usefulness of the Glasgow Coma Score in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest—Reply. JAMA. 2004;291(19):2313. doi:10.1001/jama.291.19.2313-b