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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RTR personnel abstracted data from the medical record to determine the AVPU score, which represented a measure of neurologic status on presentation to the initial hospital.
The AVPU is clearly related to mortality in our sample, showing increasing significance and generally increasing magnitude with the progression from A (alert) to U (unresponsive).
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.