The nociception coma scale: A new tool to assess nociception in disorders of consciousness

Pain, 10/27/2009

Assessing behavioral responses to nociception is difficult in severely brain–injured patients recovering from coma. The authors here propose a new scale developed for assessing nociception in vegetative (VS) and minimally conscious (MCS) coma survivors, the Nociception Coma Scale (NCS), and explore its concurrent validity, inter–rater agreement and sensitivity...The NCS constitutes a sensitive clinical tool for assessing nociception in severely brain–injured patients. This scale constitutes the first step to a better management of patients recovering from coma.

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