Decreased socialization often occurs at this time, so patients may
Even though the patient may appear asleep or unresponsive or comatose, always be cognizant that they can hear even though they may not or choose not to respond. As hearing is one of the last things to go, always identify yourself and explain what you are about to do for their care before actually doing it.
In addition, periods of rest and sleep increase for the patient at this time. Even while awake, he may