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May 19, 2004

Usefulness of the Glasgow Coma Score in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(19):2313. doi:10.1001/jama.291.19.2313-b

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.

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