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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

19 Mar 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

The Apgar score is a standardized assessment of a neonate's status immediately after birth and the response to resuscitation efforts and remains the gold standard for evaluating neonates. Although the Apgar score was initially designed to assess the need for intervention to establish breathing at 1 minute, the Neonatal Resuscitation Program guidelines state that Apgar scores should not be used to determine the initial need for intervention, what interventions are indicated, or when to initiate them, as resuscitation must be commenced before the 1-minute Apgar score is assigned. The Apgar score should not be interpreted in isolation but as part of a complete assessment, with resuscitation always taking precedence over scoring. 

This course delves into the clinical significance and intricacies of Apgar scoring, which involves evaluating 5 vital signs of newborns: color, heart rate, reflexes, muscle tone, and respiration. While a score of 7 to 10 at 1 and 5 minutes is considered reassuring, factors such as gestational age, birth weight, maternal medications, and congenital anomalies can influence scores. Healthcare professionals will better understand Apgar scores in predicting outcomes, emphasizing the need for ongoing monitoring and care beyond the initial scoring period when evaluating and managing newborns.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the physiological criteria used for calculating the Apgar score.

  • Interpret the clinical relevance of the Apgar score.

  • Determine the limitations of the Apgar score.

  • Apply interprofessional team strategies to improve care coordination and patient outcomes when evaluating newborns using the Apgar score.


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In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Physicians and Physician Associates: StatPearls, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians and PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Anesthesiology: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

American Board of Pediatrics: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn up to 1.50 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

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  1. Register for the activity.    
  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the FDA. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

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