Apgar Score

A method, developed by Dr. Virginia Apgar, to evaluate a Newborn's adjustment to extrauterine Life. Five items - Heart Rate, Respiratory effort, Muscle tone, Reflex irritability, and Color - are evaluated 60 seconds after Birth and again five minutes later on a scale from 0-2, 0 being the lowest, 2 being normal. The five numbers are added for the Apgar score. A score of 0-3 represents severe distress, 4-7 indicates moderate distress, and a score of 7-10 predicts an absence of difficulty in adjusting to extrauterine Life.