Apgar

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  1. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

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    What does apgar mean? I saw it mentioned on Rubies discharge sheet but haven't a clue what it is?? Can anyone enlighten me??
     
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    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    The apgar scale is how they score newborns:

    Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance, and Respiration.

    Five factors are used to evaluate the baby's condition and each factor is scored on a scale of 0 to 2:

    * heart rate (pulse)
    * breathing (rate and effort)
    * activity and muscle tone
    * grimace response (medically known as "reflex irritability")
    * appearance (skin coloration)


    More info here:

    http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_ ... apgar.html
     
  3. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

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    Ah right, well Rubie scored 9 after 1 minute and 9 after 5 minutes so is that good?
     
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    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    Yep that's very good.
    It's only really an initial indicaction, and has no long term relevance, but it's nice to know she was born kicking and screaming!
     
  5. Kim

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    thanks a lot urchin i like to know what everything means!!
     
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    Hey

    Isaac scored 9 at 1 min then 10 at 5 mins.

    He was pulled out with forceps because he was back to back and the ventouse kept coming off his head. He was quite stressed and poohed tons. The first time I saw him he was being held up with his back to me and he had a pooh hanging out of his bum about 2 foot long!

    So considering all that he scored pretty well!

    Lou :)
     

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