The Glasgow Coma Scale (or GCS) aims to give a reliable way of recording the conscious state or a person for assessment. Many of my recent posts have centered on sports (especially football spreadsheets) so today I thought I would go in a completely different direction. One area I have never touched on in this blog is the medical profession and how Excel is used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. The Glasgow scale is used in the field of therapeutic recreation, among others.
The GCS scale is broken down into three main behaviors or activities: Eye Opening (E), Motor Responses (M), and Verbal Responses (V). Each of these behaviors can be rated based on some predefined criteria. Each criterion is given a point value from one to six. To obtain the final GCS coma score simply add the results from the three previous behaviors (Summed Glasgow Coma Scale Score= E+M+V). The final score should fall between 3 and 15 points where a score of 8 is the midpoint. Any Glasgow Coma score below the midpoint shows serious damage.
I have made a blank template of the GCS scale which you can download and print out for free.
On a related note, you can also read about and download a template for the Ranchos Los Amigos Scale which is also known as the Level of Cognitive Functioning Scale or LCFS. LCFS is a medical scale used to assess individuals after a closed head injury.
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