Term: Apgar Scores

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Last Updated: 2004-12-14


Apgar scores measure the physiological well-being of newborn babies, and are recorded for virtually all births in hospital. A score of zero, one, or two is given for each of five vital signs that are assessed at one and five minutes after birth. These five scores are added up to give a total score between 0 and 10, with higher scores representing optimal extrauterine adjustment. The five vital signs are: appearance, pulse, reflex, muscle tone, and breathing pattern.

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