Hospice & Palliative Care

Comatose Patients 昏迷的/ Hospice Care (Reading & Sharing)

Coma Characteristics:

  • No eye opening or movement
  • No awareness of self or environment
  • No ability to follow commands
  • No response to voice or noxious stimuli
  • No normal sleep-wake cycles


  • Depends on etiology of coma, age of patient, and severity of cause
  • Coma rarely lasts > 2-4 weeks, unless sedated or has severe sepsis, as patient either recovers, dies or evolves to another LOC: minimally conscious state, persistent vegetative state, or brain death

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