Table 10.3-2. Glasgow Coma Scale

Type of reaction

Response

Score

Eye opening

Spontaneous

4

To verbal command

3

To pain stimuli

2

No response

1

Verbal response

Normal, patient is fully oriented

5

Responds but is disoriented

4

Uses inappropriate words

3

Inarticulate sounds

2

No response

1

Motor response

To verbal command

6

Can locate pain stimuli

5

Undirected and nonpurposeful movements of the limbs

4

Abnormal flexion posturing of arms, legs in extension (decorticate)

3

Abnormal extension posturing of arms, legs in extension (decerebrate)

2

No response

1

Adapted from Lancet. 1974;2(7872):81-4.