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Apgar scores and gestational age as predictors for neonatal death

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine investigated the joint effect of gestational age and Apgar scores on the risks of neonatal death.

Researchers found that, in fact, Apgar scores were able to predict whether preterm infants would die within 28 days of delivery.

Using data from the Swedish Medical Birth Register, researchers identified 113,300 preterm infants who had a gestational age of 22 weeks 0 days, to 36 weeks and 6 days. All were born from 1992 to 2016.

Researchers analyzed Apgar scores at 5 and 10 minutes, also monitoring the change in score between that timeframe.

For more information on this study and its findings, visit Contemporary Pediatrics.