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How To: Use the AVPU Scale to Measure Someone’s Level of Consciousness

The AVPU scale is a way to measure a victim’s consciousness. Knowing how to use the scale when you are taking care of someone can make it easier for dispatchers to inform the emergency responders on just what condition the victim is in–whether they have a head injury or are losing a lot of blood–and help them give the best treatment they can as  soon as they arrive. Let’s break the AVPU scale down:


A stands for ALERT: Ask yourself these questions: Is the victim aware of his surroundings? Does he respond to questions? Does he know where he is and the approximate time?

V stands for VOICE: Ask yourself: Does the victim respond to questions and obey orders?

P stands for PAIN: Does the victim respond to painful stimuli, such as a pinch?

U stands for UNRESPONSIVE: If the victim does not respond to any of the above tests, he is unresponsive.

Alert is generally measured on a scale to four: Is the person aware of time, place, person, and event? If the victim isn’t aware of one or more of the above mentioned, report like so: “A x 3” , for example, if the victim answered three questions correctly but missed one.

The AVPU scale is used by emergency personnel and should not be used to measure  long term impairments, as well neurological disorders.


How To: Make A Speed Drawing

Many artists want to make a      Speed Drawing , but aren’t sure how. It’s actually really easy!

All you need is:


  • A digital camera
  • a video editing program
  •  a YouTube account 

First, set up the camera at an angle where you can work in the normal position, but your hands and arms don’t get in the way of the camera’s view. Zoom the camera in to focus mostly on the paper. Set up a lamp so that lighting is even and it doesn’t create a glare on the paper that makes it hard to see the drawing.


It’s best to have someone shoot the footage for you, but if your working alone, take a few test shots to see how it works.


Make sure you have enough memory on the camera to last the entire time it takes you to draw. Don’t rush yourself and just draw as you normally would. The speed part is an effect!

Adding Speed and Music

I use Windows Movie Maker to add speed to my videos, but there are many other options out there. To add speed, go to the effects folder on the left sidebar. Add the effect that says, “Speed up, Double” to the video until the length of your clip is, preferably, less than two minutes or you don’t get bored of watching it. Chances are if you don’t, your viewers won’t.

Now add some music! Try to choose a song that has the approximate length of your video, and make sure to use Creative Commons music! You can clip music and remix CC music to fit the length of your video.

Now, post it on YouTube and get some awesome comments!