Talk:Apgar score

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Thanx, Lupo, you can see that I'm not a native speaker/writer. We do seem to share the wolf bit Jfdwolff 20:36, 13 Mar 2004 (UTC)

How is "How Ready Is This Child" a Mnemonic for APGAR (which has its own separate mnemonic)?-- 21:38, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Please add a note about common usage currently. The article provides an environment of the 1950's with the date the score was created & a black/white photo. Nothing is said about 2009 and if this score is commonly used today or not.

Oh, snap! I'll see if the relevant wikiproject can be bugged. Ubiquitously, by the way. --Kizor 17:10, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Current Usage

I don't know if this helps, but my son was born in December, 2005. The APGAR score was still in use here in Palm Beach County, Florida at that time.

Some discussion on the actual mathematics of the scoring might be in order. My son's score was a 9.9. Presumably, each aspect of APGAR is scored from 0-2 in 1 decimal place accuracy. Are they all equally weighted? If not, how are they weighted, and why? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sciottos (talkcontribs) 12:29, 21 October 2009 (UTC)

There is no weighting in the score, it gives integer values ,I presume they just meant a 9 at 1 minute and a 9 at 5 minutes (it is usually recorded twice), medics are very good at over-abbreviating things or recording things in ways that you would only know if you are "in the club" (trust me I'm a doctor!) .Arfgab (talk) 09:57, 27 March 2010 (UTC)


Does anybody know who Jared Barnhill is? Maybe that was a random name insertion? (talk) 07:24, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Good catch. A vandal. Reverted. Anastrophe (talk) 07:28, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Suggestions to improve accuracy[edit]

I noticed that a couple details in this article are inaccurate.

1. "A low score on the one-minute test may show that the neonate requires medical attention..."

  • This statement is misleading at best. Resuscitation, if required, should already be underway by the first minute of life.<ref>{{cite book|last1=Weiner|first1=Gary M|title=Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation|date=2011|publisher=American Academy of Pediatrics|location=Elk Grove Village, Chicago, United States|isbn=1610020243|edition=7th}}</ref>

2. "An Apgar score that remains below 3 at later times—such as 10, 15, or 30 minutes—may indicate longer-term neurological damage..."

  • A low apgar score at the fifth minute of life is NOT predictive of future neurologic dysfunction.<ref>{{cite journal|last1=Nelson|first1=Karin B|title=Apgar Scores as Predictors of Chronic Neurologic Disability|journal=PEDIATRICS|date=July 01, 1981|volume=Vol. 68|issue=No. 1|pmid=7243507}}</ref>

I recommend that the information in this Wikipedia page be compared with the information in the article, The Apgar Score, by the American Academy of Pediatrics. As well, I will also note that there is a discrepancy between the mind map and the information in the page. The mind map indicates that a pulse between 0 and 60 is awarded 0 points, while the Wikipedia page would give one point for the same heart rate.

So fix it. Esrever (klaT) 18:29, 18 February 2017 (UTC)