St Elias Specialty Hospital Coma Emergence ProgramPatients who are in a coma are literally trapped inside their bodies and unaware of their environments. This is considered to be a very vulnerable period of time following a brain injury. The type of care a patient receives at this point is critical.
The Staff at St. Elias Specialty Hospital has an approach to coma emergence that includes activities to stimulate the comatose patient and counteract the adverse effect of the sensory deprivation the patient has experienced since lapsing into the comatose state. Upon admission, the therapists immediately try to engage the patient. There is also the added important step of working on range of motion activities and working on cognitive ability to help the patient reach his or her fullest recovery potential.