All about APGARs

Obstetrician Mike Brisinger, MD, explains everything about APGARs, including what the APGAR scoring scale is and the different things that are checked in a baby
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All about APGARs

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An Apgar score is important in assessing or checking how the newborn, the brand newborn baby is doing. It was designed by a doctor who actually was an anesthesiologist, Dr. Apgar, many years ago and it checks for five things. It's the pulse, breathing, tone of the baby, color, and reflexes. And you get a score from zero, one, or two each one, so the top score is ten. The lowest score of course is a zero. And you check it at one a five minutes of life. It's done usually by the nurse, midwife, or maybe the doctor as well. And a score over 7, or 8, 9, and 10 is considered to be healthy and good. So it's a crude assessment, a rough assessment, of the baby, how he or she is doing.

Obstetrician Mike Brisinger, MD, explains everything about APGARs, including what the APGAR scoring scale is and the different things that are checked in a baby

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Mikael Brisinger, MD

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Dr. Mikael N Brisinger practices Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. He has been practicing medicine for over 22 years. Dr. Brisinger did his residency at UCLA Medical Center and has been on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1997. He is a native to Sweden, and has five children. He loves outdoor activities and spending quality with his kids. 

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