Disorders of Consciousness

What Are Disorders of Consciousness?

Disorders of consciousness include coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state and post-traumatic confusional state. Patients can range from completely unconscious to confusion as to where they are and what they're doing. Causes of disorders of consciousness are most often related to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), reduced blood supply/oxygen to the brain and poisoning.

How We Can Help

The Disorders of Consciousness Program at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation – Dallas serves individuals following a severe acquired brain injury, including traumatic brain injury, anoxic brain injury or stroke, resulting in severely altered level of awareness and wakefulness. This program provides specialized assessment and treatment for improving function in these individuals, as well as detailed education and training for caregivers to allow them to bring their loved one home. 


Disorders of Consciousness Team
  • Physician
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Case Manager
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Rehab Nurse (24-Hours/Day)
  • Neurology/Surgery access on
    Baylor University Medical Center Campus

Program Services
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Pharmacy services
  • Vision services
  • Wheelchair seating clinic
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Chaplain services
Patient Criteria

Patients appropriate for this program are no longer in coma (meaning their eyes are open at least some of the time), but have not regained a level of consciousness that allows them to respond consistently to their environment, communicate reliably or complete basic self-care activities. Vegetative state, unresponsive wakefulness syndrome and minimally conscious state are terms that are often used to describe patients who are appropriate for this program.


For more information or to determine if this program may be right for your family member, please fill out our Contact Us form or call 214.820.9300.