Mangled Extremity Severity Score


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Mangled Extremity Severity Score

The most widely used lower-limb-salvage scoring system, used to help clinicians decide whether to try and save a leg or perform early amputation, which is based on assessment of combined vascular and orthopaedic injuries.

Mangled Extremity Severity Score

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MESS

An assessment tool used in trauma patients to predict the likelihood that an injured arm or leg will require amputation. MESS takes into account the age and blood pressure of the patient, the type of injury, and the perfusion of the injured limb.