Military Acute Concussion Evaluation (MACE)
The Military Acute Concussion Evaluation, or MACE, is a standardized mental status exam that is used to evaluate concussion in theater. This screening tool was developed to evaluate a person with a suspected concussion and allows for the identification of clinically relevant neurocognitive impairment.
Once the MACE score is documented it can later be used to determine whether or not there has been a decline or an improvement in cognitive functioning.
To be most effective, all service members experiencing concussion or possible mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) should have the MACE administered within the first 24 hours of the event in order to facilitate the right care at the right time for the service member. 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.