Small Animal Coma Scale (on behalf of Dr. Andy Shores)

Posted By: Lenore Bacek 4:30 pm on June 2, 2014

Dear Colleagues,
Dr. Simon Platt and I have completed the validation work on the new Small Animal Coma Scale1 (AKA SACS, Modified Glasgow Coma Scale) AND we have published it as an APP with the help of Dr. Kyle Johnsen, an engineering professor at UGA. The SACS is slightly modified from the original version I published in 1988.
It is available for the iPhone and iPad on Apple’s APP Store and for Android phones on Google Play. PLEASE LOOK FOR THE ATTACHED LOGO to make certain you have the correct version.
We are excited to have this available and are encouraging criticalists and neurologist to download this FREE APP and use it in your practice. We see it as a tool to 1) increase awareness of this clinical tool; 2) to collect data on small animal head trauma cases throughout the world; and 3) to give us more insight on how to treat these patients more effectively. With your use and cooperation in the use of the SACS we, as a profession, can collect data on thousands of cases instead of the 10’s to 100’s of cases often reported in our journals. ALL publications from these data will include the top 5 data contributors in the authorship and will include a note of thanks to all who contribute.
Here’s how this APP works … First, find it on the APP Store or Google Play. On Apple’s App Store just search for “Small Animal Coma Scale” and you will see the APP. On Google Play, search for “Coma Scale” and the SACS APP will be further down (currently 19th or 21st possible selection). After downloading the APP, you can register with your email and a password.
In using the APP, you can score your patient at the cage side and you will be given the score and estimated prognosis on the phone screen. Tap “submit” on the phone or iPad and the information will be transmitted to our data base. From there, the data base will email you a form with an assigned case number for the patient and ask you to complete a form about the specifics of the case. We designed it this way so you can score your patient during the initial phases of the examination, then record the case data, including history, measured parameters, and treatments after admission and when you are sitting at your desk with the records in front of you. In 2 weeks after your initial submission, the data base will again request that you input the patient’s outcome score on the phone app. The case data will be collectively entered onto a spread sheet from the data base.
None of the information on the data base will have more than the case number you are assigned and none of the information (including emails) will be shared. The collective data will periodically be published in proceedings or referred publications.
Thank you all in anticipation of your participation! We are truly excited about this as a tool to improve everyone’s insight into head trauma patients. We believe this is the first medical app of its kind to actually become part of an ongoing worldwide study. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.


Andy Shores, DVM, MS, PhD
DACVIM (Neurology)
Clinical Professor and Chief, Neurosurgery / Neurology
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

1Platt SR, et al: Validation and Prognostic Value of 2 New Head Trauma Scoring Systems in 84 Dogs. Proceedings ACVIM Forum, June 2014.