A method of rapidly assessing the general state of a baby immediately after birth. A score of 0, 1, or 2 points is given for each sign, usually measured at one minute and five minutes after delivery (see table). Thus an infant scoring a total of 10 points would be in optimum condition. When the score is low, the test is repeated at intervals as a guide to short-term progress. V. Apgar (1909–74), US anaesthetist
Pulse rate (bpm)
Some flexion of extremities
Good respiratory effort and cry
Subjects: Medicine and Health.