Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale (PGCS) Calculator


Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale (PGCS) Calculator
Eye Opening
Verbal Response
Motor Response

Hey there, math whiz! Ready to dive into the exciting world of pediatric neurology assessment? Buckle up because we’re about to explore the Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale (PGCS)! Remember, this isn’t just number crunching – it could help save little lives!

PGCS Calculation Formula

PGCS = Eye Opening (E) + Verbal Response (V) + Motor Response (M)

PGCS Categories

Category Range Interpretation
Mild 13-15 Minimal brain injury
Moderate 9-12 Moderate brain injury
Severe ≤8 Severe brain injury

PGCS Calculation Examples

Individual Eye Response (E) Verbal Response (V) Motor Response (M) PGCS
Superkid 4 5 6 15 (4+5+6)

PGCS Calculation Methods

Method Advantages Disadvantages Accuracy
Standard PGCS Reliable, widely used Requires training High

Evolution of PGCS Calculation

Year Development
1974 Glasgow Coma Scale introduced
1986 Pediatric adaptation introduced

Limitations of PGCS

  1. Subjectivity: Different assessors may score patients differently.
  2. Variability: Scores can vary over time.

Alternative Methods

Method Pros Cons
AVPU scale Simpler Less detailed


  1. What is the PGCS?

    The Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale is a neurological scale used to assess the consciousness of children.

  2. How is the PGCS calculated?

    The PGCS is calculated by adding the scores for Eye Opening (E), Verbal Response (V), and Motor Response (M).

  3. What does a PGCS score of 15 indicate?

    A score of 15 indicates minimal brain injury or normal brain function.

  4. What does a PGCS score of less than 8 indicate?

    A score of less than 8 indicates severe brain injury.

  5. What are the limitations of the PGCS?

    Some limitations include subjectivity in scoring and variability in scores over time.

  6. Are there alternative methods to the PGCS?

    Yes, one alternative method is the AVPU scale.

  7. What is the AVPU scale?

    The AVPU scale is a simpler method for assessing consciousness, but it is less detailed than the PGCS.

  8. When was the PGCS introduced?

    The pediatric adaptation of the Glasgow Coma Scale was introduced in 1986.

  9. What training is needed to use the PGCS?

    Using the PGCS reliably requires specific training in its use and interpretation.

  10. Can the PGCS be used in adults?

No, the PGCS is specifically adapted for use in children. The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is used for adults.


  1. CDC: Offers extensive resources on brain injuries.
  2. NIH: Provides research papers on PGCS and brain injuries.