A. The patient has a Glasgow Coma Score of 8
A spinal cord injury produces paresthesia below the level of the injury; paraplegia indicates an injury in which the patient cannot move the lower extremities, while quadriplegia is a higher-level injury where the patient often cannot move the upper or lower extremities. With a higher-level injury, the patient may also need breathing support; if the spinal cord was injured above the level that stimulates breathing, the patient may need intubation. Respiratory failure is an indication for intubation, as is a GCS result of <9, which indicates a decreased level of consciousness.
Date Published - Jan 25, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 7, 2016