Performing neurological observations

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Abstract

Trauma to the brain from injury or illness can cause sustained, raised intracranial pressure. In such patients, neurological observations are a fundamental aspect of nursing care and the ability to make and record such observations accurately is an essential nursing skill. Neurological observations are a collection of information on the function and integrity of a patient's central nervous system - the brain and spinal cord. This article will discuss the tools used in their observation, including the Glasgow Coma Scale tool, pupillary response, and limb power observations, and provide a 'how-to' guide on neurological observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110-1114
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Volume27
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2018

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