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Acute Care Advisor 2016.4 Copyright © 2016 RelayHealth, a division of McKesson Technologies Inc. All rights reserved.

What is altered level of consciousness?

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Altered level of consciousness (ALOC) means that you are not as awake, alert, or able to understand or react as you are normally. Causes of ALOC include:

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  • A head injury

  • Medicines

  • Alcohol or drugs

  • Dehydration

  • Infection

  • Fever

  • Dangerously low body temperature (hypothermia)

  • Diseases such as diabetes and thyroid disease

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Different levels of ALOC include:

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