The APGAR scoring system is a method of evaluating a baby’s health immediately after birth.
The five criteria of the Apgar score:
Reflex irritability grimace
The test is generally done at one and five minutes after birth, and may be repeated later if the score is and remains low. Scores below 3 are generally regarded as critically low, 4 to 7 fairly low, and over 7 generally normal. A low score on the one-minute test may show that the neonate requires medical attention but is not necessarily an indication that there will be long-term problems, particularly if there is an improvement by the stage of the five-minute test.
The test was named after its inventor, Virginia Apgar. In honor of her, and to help medical students learn, the name APGAR was been made into a backronym Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, Respiration.
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