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AVPU scale

AV·PU scale

/äv po͞o,po͝o skāl/

Noun

An acronym for a scale used during the primary assessment to quickly identify the patient’s level of consciousness by determining how a patient responds to some form of stimulus. AVPU stands for alert, verbal, pain and unresponsive. If a patient is responding spontaneously, they are an "A" on the AVPU. If they are responsive to verbal stimuli, they are a "V" on the scale. If they respond to painful stimulus, such as squeezing of the trapezius muscle, applying supraorbital or mandibular pressure, or providing a sternal rub, they are a "P." If they are unresponsive to any stimulus, they are a "U."