Emergency Neurological Life Support: Approach to the Patient with Coma

Robert D. Stevens, Rhonda S. Cadena, Jose Pineda

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Coma is an acute failure of neuronal systems governing arousal and awareness and represents a medical emergency. When encountering a comatose patient, the clinician must have an organized approach to detect easily remediable causes, prevent ongoing neurologic injury, and determine a hierarchical plan for diagnostic tests, treatments, and neuromonitoring. Coma was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support protocol because timely medical and surgical interventions can be life-saving, and the initial work-up of such patients is critical to establishing a correct diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalNeurocritical Care
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Coma
  • Consciousness
  • Critical care
  • Neurocritical care


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