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[Virginia Apgar, U.S. anesthesiologist, 1909-1974] A system for evaluating an infant's physical condition at birth. The infant's heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, response to stimuli, and color are rated at 1 min, and again at 5 min after birth. Each factor is scored 0, 1, or 2; the maximum total score is 10. Interpretation of scores: 7 to 10, good to excellent; 4 to 6, fair; less than 4, poor condition. A low score at 1 min is a sign of perinatal asphyxia and the need for immediate assisted ventilation. Infants with scores below 7 at 5 min should be assessed immediately to see if they require resuscitation. SEE TABLE: Apgar Score Apgar Score
Slow (less than 100)
Greater than 100
Some flexion of extremities
Body pink; extremities blue
Venes, Donald, editor. "Apgar Score." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 24th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2021. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769351/all/Apgar_score.
Apgar score. In: Venes DD, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769351/all/Apgar_score. Accessed May 31, 2023.
Apgar score. (2021). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary (24th ed.). F.A. Davis Company. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769351/all/Apgar_score
Apgar Score [Internet]. In: Venes DD, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. [cited 2023 May 31]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769351/all/Apgar_score.
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