spread use of scoring scales, such as the Glasgow Coma Scale (Table 5.4), originally developed for use in the head-injured patient. In addition to establishing a baseline, these scales are most useful when performed regularly in order to give a more objective impression of deterioration or improvement over a period of time.
Sedatives and analgesics given in the intensive care unit should ideally have a short duration of action, and should be allowed to dissipate once a day to facilitate assessment of the neurological status.
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