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Treatment of comatose patient

Is there a doctor in the house?

So Patient A comes into the hospital unconscious having fallen down a flight of stairs. Bleeding is fairly minimal and it will be determined that Patient A is not critical/in immediate danger of death, but he remains unconscious and in fact is comatose and will remain so for several days if not several weeks (which is unknown to the doctors, presumably -- they just know he's comatose I would assume?) Additionally, Patient A was brought in by Patient B, who is bleeding quite a lot from the hand.

1) What tests would any doctor order immediately on Patient A?
2) Are there any tests that a new or inexperienced doctor might forget or not think of that a really good doctor would want to run?

Patient A is ultimately diagnosed with head trauma. He is stable, but remains comatose. His doctors aren't sure when he'll wake up although his chances are better than most. Surgery is deemed unnecessary and/or too risky.

3) What would the ongoing treatment of Patient A be like?

Thanks in advance!
Tags: ~medicine: coma, ~medicine: injuries: head injuries

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