Abbreviated Westmead Post Traumatic Amnesia Scale (A-WPTAS) inc. GCS

The A-WPTAS combined with a standardised GCS assessment is an objective measure of post traumatic amnesia (PTA). Only for patients withcurrent GCS of 13-15 (<24hrs post injury) with impact to the head resulting in confusion, disorientation, anterograde or retrograde amnesia, or brief LOC. Administer both tests at hourly intervals to gauge patient’s capacity for full orientation and ability to retain new information. Also,note the following: poor motivation, depression, pre-morbid intellectual handicap or possible medication, drug or alcohol effects. NB: This is a screening device, so exercise clinical judgement. In cases where doubt exists, more thorough assessment may benecessary

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