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November 17, 2015
As a neonatal nurse practitioner, the Apgar score is the tool I use to assess how the newborn tolerated labor and delivery and also tells me how much help the infant needs to adjust to the world outside the uterus.
Virginia Apgar invented the Apgar score in 1952 as a method to quickly determine the health of newborn infants. Dr. Apgar was an anesthesiologist who developed the score in order to determine the effects of obstetric anesthesia on babies.