The apgar score

Kristi L. Watterberg, Susan Aucott, William E. Benitz, James J. Cummings, Eric C. Eichenwald, Jay Goldsmith, Brenda B. Poindexter, Karen Puopolo, Dan L. Stewart, Kasper S. Wang, Jeffrey L. Ecker, Joseph R. Wax, Ann Elizabeth Bryant Borders, Yasser Yehia El-Sayed, R. Phillips Heine, Denise J. Jamieson, Maria Anne Mascola, Howard L. Minkoff, Alison M. Stuebe, James E. SumnersMethodius G. Tuuli, Kurt R. Wharton

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Abstract

The Apgar score provides an accepted and convenient method for reporting the status of the newborn infant immediately after birth and the response to resuscitation if needed. The Apgar score alone cannot be considered as evidence of, or a consequence of, asphyxia; does not predict individual neonatal mortality or neurologic outcome; and should not be used for that purpose. An Apgar score assigned during resuscitation is not equivalent to a score assigned to a spontaneously breathing infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage use of an expanded Apgar score reporting form that accounts for concurrent resuscitative interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-822
Number of pages4
JournalPediatrics
Volume136
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Watterberg, K. L., Aucott, S., Benitz, W. E., Cummings, J. J., Eichenwald, E. C., Goldsmith, J., Poindexter, B. B., Puopolo, K., Stewart, D. L., Wang, K. S., Ecker, J. L., Wax, J. R., Borders, A. E. B., El-Sayed, Y. Y., Heine, R. P., Jamieson, D. J., Mascola, M. A., Minkoff, H. L., Stuebe, A. M., ... Wharton, K. R. (2015). The apgar score. Pediatrics, 136(4), 819-822. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2015-2651