Apgar Score Chart

Use this Apgar Score Chart template to assess a newborn infant. Click here to download a copy and read a guide on how to score, interpret, and more.

By Patricia Buenaventura on Apr 08, 2024.

Fact Checked by Ericka Pingol.

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What is an Apgar Score Chart?

The Apgar score is an assessment done on newborn infants. Medical practitioners conduct this test a minute after babies are born to see if they handled the birthing process well and after 5 minutes to see if they are adjusting to the environment outside the mother’s womb without much difficulty. On rare occasions, physicians also use the to assess the infant 10 minutes after birth in case the infant encounters any complications. This assessment must be done within the given time frame for immediate intervention, especially if the infant shows signs of asphyxiation.

If you’re a practitioner who hasn’t encountered this assessment before, here are some things you need to know about the Apgar score chart:

  • The score chart was named after the creator. Their name - Apgar - simultaneously serves as a mnemonic to help practitioners remember what to check in a newborn infant. Here’s a list of what each letter corresponds to:
  • A = activity or muscle tone (interchangeable with the second A in Apgar)
  • P = pulse or heart rate
  • G = grimace or the infant’s response to stimulation
  • A = appearance or skin color
  • R = respiration or breathing.
  • An infant can get a score of 0 to 2, with 0 being the lowest and 2 being the highest. Do note that newborn infants don’t usually get a 10 within the first minute because their hands and feet remain bluish until they warm up.
  • Since this chart depends on the practitioner’s observation, it can be quite subjective. However, studies have shown that it’s both quick and reliable enough to check the health status of newborn infants.

Printable Apgar Score Chart

Download Apgar Score Chart to assess a newborn infant.

How does this Printable Apgar Score Chart work?

Now that you know the 101 on this assessment, in case you need a digital or printable copy of the Apgar Score Chart, we’ve provided you with a step-by-step process of obtaining and utilizing our free template. 

Step One. Access the Template

To access and download our template you can do either of the following:

  • Head to the template library on our website or app and search for “Apgar Score Chart”
  • Click the “Download Template” or “Use this Template” button above

Step Two. Conduct the Test

As soon as you have the newborn infant in your arms or on a clean, comfy surface, conduct the test. And since you must conduct this within the first minute, it’s best to remember APGAR when figuring out the order of checking. 

To help you out, here’s a list and recommended flow of what you have to do per letter:

Activity - Check if there is flexion in the limbs.

Pulse - Using your stethoscope, check if their heartbeat is at least 100 beats per minute. 

Grimace - Mildly pinch and observe if they respond by either grimacing, crying, pulling away, or the like. 

Appearance - Focus on the extremities and check if they are pink or have more of a bluish color.

Respiration - Look at the rise and fall of their chest or listen well to the sound of their breathing/crying. 

Step Three. Score

Should the infant need immediate intervention, this step may come after assistance. 

Alternatively, if the infant is doing well, you can tick the scores in the table under the section “One Minute After Birth”. You can also ask a colleague to answer the test if your hands are full during that moment. 

Step Four. Repeat

After five minutes, the practitioner must repeat steps two and three to ensure the infant is healthy. In certain circumstances, you may have to repeat the test 10 minutes after birth. 

Step Five. Record

After each test, if you need a copy to add to the infant’s medical records, you can write down the scores on our editable chart. 

Apgar Score Chart example (sample)

Here’s an example of an answered Apgar Score chart to help give you insight into what this assessment looks like completed. Feel free to download an offline copy as a reference for APGAR or as a guide by clicking the “Download Example PDF” button above. 

Download this Apgar Score Chart Example (Sample) here:

Apgar Score Chart example (sample)

When to use these Apgar Score Chart templates?

One can use these Apgar Score Chart templates when handling newborn infants. This is especially helpful when the mother has opted for a c-section, is experiencing a difficult birth, or if, from the get-go, one can see fluid in the infant’s airway causing asphyxia. In these situations, one can expect that the Apgar score is likelier to be low however, it still shouldn’t stop the practitioner from assessing the baby. 

Though it is a reliable test to see if the child needs immediate intervention, it shouldn’t be used to diagnose disorders or diseases. Furthermore, it shouldn’t be used as a basis for predicting long-term health problems, neurological issues, or infant mortality. 

As a final reminder, tests such as the Apgar score chart may be helpful, however, you as the expert will know best when and at what time you should provide assistance. This is based on the fact that infants can be mistaken to have difficulty breathing when actually, the infant is taking quite a long period of time transitioning outside the womb. 

Who is this Apgar Score Chart PDF for?

Any medical practitioner present during the mother’s labor and delivery and in charge of caring for the infant can benefit from a PDF copy of this Apgar Score Chart. To enumerate, the Apgar Score Chart is designed for these physicians:

  • Primary Care Doctors (Family Practitioners) or General Practitioners
  • Obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Neonatologists
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Why use this Apgar Score app?

It’s because beyond providing this guide and a template for Apgar Score charts, Carepatron can also equip you with the means and tools to streamline business and clinical workflows.

We’ve created this leading practice management software you can get as an app on desktops, iOs, and Android because we understand that you have a lot on your plate beyond patient care. And to make it easier for you, we’ve enabled automating certain administrative tasks that require most of your time and effort.

Sign up at Carepatron and you’ll get free access to the following resources and features anytime, anywhere:

  • Over 100 editable, downloadable, and printable tests, surveys, assessments, and forms helpful for your practice
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Who created the Apgar Score Chart?
Who created the Apgar Score Chart?

Commonly asked questions

Who created the Apgar Score Chart?

The practitioner behind the assessment and its name are Virginia Apgar.

How should Apgar Score Chart be scored?

The score is dependent on which description the infant fits under each score per category. Generally, a child exhibiting the ideal responses, reactions, and the like will get a score of 2 per category.

How to interpret the Apgar Score Chart?

Interpretation is done after you total the score you get per category. According to research, if the infant gets a score of 7-9 they are in good health while anything lower than 7 needs medical attention. 

Should you need help interpreting the scores, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve also provided a scoring guide on the template you can reference.

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