Prioritizes patients. Meld (model for end-stage liver disease) score allows for an estimation of life expectancy for people with end stage liver disease.There are more people needing transplants than there are donor livers; those determined by meld score to be highest risk of dying over the next 3 months are placed higher on the list.Meld is calculated from blood test results (bilirubin, creatinine, inr).
It's a score. Meld stands for model for end-stage liver disease score derived from putting three lab values from the patient (bilirubin, inr, and creatinine) into a formula. The "sicker" a patient is from liver disease, the higher his meld score would be. Meld score fluctuates but generally increases with time. The patient with the highest meld score when a compatible liver comes up will be offered the liver.