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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