A measure of the physical condition of a newborn infant. It is obtained by adding points (2, 1, or 0) for heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, response to stimulation, and skin coloration; a score of ten represents the best possible condition.
- Habitual snoring in the mother was also associated with growth retardation of the fetus and a low Apgar score for the infant.
- Many of the infants had low Apgar scores at birth, and overall 214 needed intubation and resuscitation.
- Although low Apgar scores at five minutes were rare, they were more common in the low dose group.
1960s: named after Virginia Apgar (1909–74), American anesthesiologist who devised this method of assessment in 1953.
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