The Military Acute Concussion Evaluation, or MACE, is a standardized mental status exam that is used to evaluate mild TBI, or concussion, in theater. This screening tool was developed to evaluate a person with a suspected concussion, and is used to identify symptoms of a mild TBI.
Future MACE scores can be used to determine if the patient’s cognitive function has improved or worsened over time.
To be most effective, all service members experiencing concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, should have the MACE administered within the first 24 hours of the event in order to make certain that proper care is administered in a timely fashion. The MACE, in combination with a medical exam, can be used to help determine if it is safe for a service member to return to duty.