Definition: Appgar score

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System of scoring infant’s physical condition at one minute and five minutes after birth. The heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, colour and response to stimuli are scored 0, 1 or 2. The maximum total score for a normal baby is 10. Those with low scores require immediate attention if they are to survive.
United Nations, "Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems", Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 84, New York, 2002

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