What Is MUST?
MUST’ (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool) is a five-step screening tool to identify adults, who are malnourished, at risk of malnutrition (undernutrition), or obese. It also includes management guidelines which can be used to develop a care plan.
How to do a MUST score
Measure height and weight to get a BMI score using chart provided.
In unable to obtain height and weight, use these alternative procedures.
Note percentage unplanned weight loss and score using tables provided.
Establish acute disease effect and score.
Add scores from steps 1, 2 and 3 together to obtain overall risk of malnutrition.
Use management guidelines and/or local policy to develop care plan.