Glasgow Coma Scale
Whilst your loved one is in
Intensive Care you may hear medical staff refer to the ‘Glasgow Coma
Scale’. This is a tool used to evaluate
the degree to which a person is in a conscious or comatose state. It operates on a scale of 3 to 15 in which
the higher the score the higher the level of consciousness
wikipedia -Glasgow Coma
Medication is something that is
so important in the early days and in continuing care. So many different drugs
are used to keep your loved ones stable. Different drugs have benefits and
differing side affects.
Sympathetic Storming after severe Brain
'Storming' maybe another medical term that you hear whilst in
Intensive Care or on a hospital ward. This is a common complication following a
brain injury. Symptons include increased body temperature, increased heart rate
and profuse perspiration.
Storms fact sheet
This is an opening in the front
of the windpipe to help with breathing or the removal of unwanted fluids on the
lungs or the throat.
A PEG (or Gastrostomy) is a
feeding tube which passes through the skin and the abdominal wall directly into
the stomach. This is used to give patients nutrients and fluids without the
need to swallow.
This is a tube that is inserted
through the skin into the jejunum, (part of the small intestine). It is used to
give patients nutients and fluids without the need to swallow and bi passing
MRI Scan- (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
This is a scan which enables
pictures to be taken of all parts of the body including the brain and spinal
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EEG Scan - (Electroencephalogram)
This scan records the electrical
activity of the brain.
CT Scan - (Computerised Tomography Scanner)
This is a special kind of X-Ray
machine enabling x-rays to be taken from different angles.
PICC Line - (Peripherally Inserted Central
This is a form of introvenous
access that can be used for a long period of time