For many years researchers and clinicians in Lyon have been interested in the investigation of altered states of consciousness. Auditory event-related potentials are a powerful bedside tool for the assessment of the functional state of patients, from the outcome prognosis at the acute phase of coma to the search for islands of awareness in behaviorally non-communicant patients. They marked a new step in coma care. The research work carried out in Lyon Neuroscience Research Center in close collaboration with Catherine Fischer at the Neurological Hospital of Lyon and with Steven Laureys in the Lie?ge Coma Center will be presented.
Dominique MORLET, CRNL/Dycog