Comparison of Three Consciousness Assessment Scales in Poisoned Patients and Recommendation of a New Scale: AVPU Plus

Rajabi Kheirabadi, Ali and Tabeshpour, Jamshid and Afshari, Reza (2015) Comparison of Three Consciousness Assessment Scales in Poisoned Patients and Recommendation of a New Scale: AVPU Plus. Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology, 4 (2). pp. 58-63.

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Abstract

Background: Few methods have been introduced to assess the level of consciousness in critically-ill patients. This study was designed to evaluate how the Alert\Verbal¶ainful\Unresponsive (AVPU) responsive scale corresponds with the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS) scores in drug-poisoned patients and to devise an augmented AVPU scale. Methods: In this prospective study, patients with diagnosis of acute drug poisoning were included and their level of consciousness was assessed using GCS, RASS and AVPU scales. Results: Overall, 165 poisoned patients (59 female) were studied. According to AVPU scale, 123 patients (74.5) were graded as â��alertâ��, 26 patients (15.8) as â��responsive to verbal stimulationâ��, 10 patients (6.1) as â��responsive to painful stimulationâ��, and 6 patients as â��unresponsiveâ�� (3.6). AVPU grades of

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV pharmacology
Divisions: Journals > Asia Pacific J Toxicology
Depositing User: apjmt apjmt
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2017 14:52
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/7853

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