AVPU

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AVPU

Abbreviation and mnemonic for prehospital assessment of mental status. Refers to assessments: alert; responsive to verbal stimuli; responsive to painful stimuli; and unresponsive.

AVPU

An acronym used by health care providers to standardize the way of describing a patient’s mental status. It stands for alert (oriented to person, place and day); responds to verbal stimuli (appropriate or inappropriate); responds to painful stimuli (localizes, withdraws or demonstrates decorticate or decerebrate neurological posturing); or totally unresponsive.
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Use this AVPU scale to check their level of consciousness:
Patients who were noted to be "unresponsive" on the AVPU scale were excluded.
Data included presenting complaint, clinical discriminator, information on whether mobility was normal for age or not, respiratory rate, heart rate, temperature, level of consciousness on the AVPU scale (indicating whether the patient is A--alert, V -only responding to verbal stimulus, P--only responding to painful stimulus, U--unresponsive), and whether physical trauma was present or not.
AVPU SCALE You can assess conscious by using the AVPU code.
The AVPU scale is a rapid neurologic assessment scale commonly used by paramedics.
On a patient's arrival, according to the generic flowchart for the SATS, (12) nursing staff took a brief history and documented the main complaint, recorded vital signs, assessed mobility and level of consciousness according to the AVPU scale (A = alert, V = responds to voice, P = responds to pain, U = unresponsive), and calculated a TEWS.