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The Telco Coma Scale

Peter D Jones
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (11): 722.

To the Editor: A recent American study found that in 2009, girls aged 14–17 years sent an average of 112 text messages per day.1 Australian teenagers are no different. During a ward round earlier this year, I saw three teenage girls in a row in various stages of recovery from acute asthma. Despite the best efforts of the team, none of the teenagers spoke; the management of their conditions was discussed with their parents instead.

Peter D Jones, Head, School of Medicine
Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD.
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Lenhart A, Ling R, Campbell SW, Purcell K. Teens and mobile phones. Pew Research Center, 2010. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Teens-and-Mobile-Phones.aspx (accessed Nov 2011).
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Teasdale G, Jennett B. Assessment of coma and impaired consciousness. A practical scale. Lancet 1974; 2: 81-84.
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