The following information was taken from a
Critical Care Nursing
The Ohio State University Medical Center
What Is Coma? Coma means that a person
does not respond in an appropriate way to what is
around them. There are different levels of
coma. In a very deep coma, a person may not
respond at all or may react only to pain. A person
can not speak and their eyes are closed. In a
mild coma, a person may open their eyes, but
not recognize things they see. They may move parts
of their body, but with little purpose.
What Causes Coma? Special parts of the
brain control a person's ability to wake up and
respond. Head injury, trauma, stroke, brain
tumors, cardiac arrest, or other medical
conditions may cause a person to be in a coma.
How Long Does Coma Last?It is difficult
to predict how long someone will be in a coma.
Coma may last from days to years. Some
people may never wake up from a coma, while others
only partially recover.
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