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Coma and disorders of consciousness




Intended Learning Outcomes

Coma and disorders of consciousness

  1. Recognize coma and altered consciousness using a brief neurological examination
  2. Know the most common circumstances and know the global epidemiology of coma
  3. Have a rational approach to complementary examination
  4. Be able to distinguish coma, from vegetative state and from minimally conscious state
  5. Develop a comprehensive early care plan for patients with altered consciousness


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Relevant Competencies from CoBaTrICE

Coma and disorders of consciousness

  • 3.1 Manages the care of the critically ill patient with specific acute medical conditions
  • 3.6 Recognises and manages the patient with neurological impairment
  • 4.8 Recognises and manages electrolyte, glucose and acid-base disturbances