APGAR Birth Prognosis Score

Original article by Danielle Ormandy | Last updated on 8/5/2014
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APGAR birth prognosis score

Score


1

2

Activity
(muscle tone)

Absent

Arms and legs flexed

Active movement

Pulse

Absent

Below 100 bpm

Above 100 bpm

Grimace
(reflex irritability)

Flaccid

Some flexion of extremities

Active motion (sneeze, cough, pull away)

Appearance
(skin colour)

Blue, pale

Body pink, extremities blue

Completely pink

Respiration

Absent

Slow, irregular

Vigorous cry
The test is done at one and five minutes after birth. Scores 3 and below are generally regarded as critically low, 4 to 6 fairly low, and 7 to 10 generally normal.