1b. Level of Consciousness Questions

The patient is asked the month and his/her age. The answer must be correct – there is no partial credit for being close. Aphasic and stuporous patients who do not comprehend the questions will score 2. Patients unable to speak because of endotracheal intubation, orotracheal trauma, severe dysarthria from any cause, language barrier, or any other problem no secondary to aphasia are given a 1. It is important that only the initial answer be graded and that the examiner not help the patient with verbal and non-verbal cues.
0 = Answers both questions correctly
1 = Answers one question correctly
2 = Answers neither question correctly