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Use and abuse of the Apgar score. Committee on Fetus and Newborn, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Committee on Obstetric Practice, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8668389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This is a revised statement published jointly with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that emphasizes the appropriate use of the Apgar Score. The highlights of the statement include: (1) the Apgar Score is useful in assessing the condition of the infant at birth; (2) the Apgar score alone should not be used as evidence that neurologic damage was caused by hypoxia that results in neurologic injury or from inappropriate intrapartum treatment; and (3) an infant who has had "asphyxia" proximate to delivery that is severe enough to result in acute neurologic injury should demonstrate all of the following: (a) profound metabolic or mixed acidemia (pH < 7.00) on an umbilical arterial blood sample, if obtained, (b) an Apgar score of 0 to 3 for longer than 5 minutes, (c) neurologic manifestation, eg, seizure, coma, or hypotonia, and (d) evidence of multiorgan dysfunction.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Guideline; Journal Article; Practice Guideline    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  98     ISSN:  0031-4005     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  1996 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-08-08     Completed Date:  1996-08-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Apgar Score*
Disabled Persons
Infant, Newborn
Societies, Medical
United States

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