Undertaking a neurological assessment

Carter, Chris and Notter, Joy (2023) Undertaking a neurological assessment. Nursing Standard, 39 (2). pp. 45-50. ISSN 0029-6570

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Neurological observations are an essential aspect of assessment in patients with altered mental status and require the nurse to collect and analyse information using a validated assessment tool. Assessing a patient's pupil size and response is also an important element of a neurological assessment. This article summarises the pathophysiology of raised intracranial pressure and lists some of the conditions that may contribute to an alteration in a patient's mental status. The article details the use of two commonly used neurological assessment tools and the assessment of a patient's pupil size and response. The author also considers the challenges related to accurate recording of neurological observations.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2023.e12173
5 July 2023Accepted
6 November 2023Published Online
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Chris Carter
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2023 08:37
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2024 15:44
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14570

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