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Determining Level of Consciousness

Have you ever been confused about the difference between Awake and Responding to Verbal stimulus in the AVPU scale? Or noticed that a co-worker, student, or dispatcher is confused? My recent Everyday EMS Tips column at clarifies the difference between A and V. Check it out and remember to appropriately determine level of consciousness on your next patient.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.