The Glasgow Coma Scale has been updated forty years after its initial implementation. This Nursing Times article reviews the variations in technique which have developed since then, the scale’s current composition and application and the “structured approach” to the assessment of impaired consciousness.
This approach to assessment described here is demonstrated in a free video package with background information and a self-assessment tool. There is also a downloadable summary of the recommendation.
Full Text Link (Note: This article may require a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).
Teasdale, Sir G. Allan, D. Brennan, P. [et al] (2014). Forty years on: updating the Glasgow Coma Scale. Nursing Times. October 10th 2014, 110(42), pp.12-16.
Hidden Signatures of Brain Networks in Disorders of Consciousness
Possibly of interest, researchers have discovered distinct signatures in the brain activity of people in a vegetative state, potentially able to help identify people who are conscious but unable to communicate.
Mundasad, S. (2014). Vegetative patients show glimmers of consciousness. London: BBC Health News, October 17th 2014.
This relates to:
Chennu, S. Finoia, P. [and] Kamau, E. [et al] (2014) Spectral signatures of reorganised brain networks in disorders of consciousness. PLoS Computational Biology, October 16th 2014, 10(10): e1003887.
On Mind Control: Blue Sky Thinking (BBC News / Nature Communications)
Possibly of interest, as proof of concept, but a long way off any practical benefit for locked-in patients.
Mind control used to switch on genes. London: BBC Health News, November 12th 2014.