After Abnormal APGAR: Measures that Should Be Taken

In light of an abnormal score on the APGAR, measures to assist the baby with adapting outside the womb or to recover after a difficult birth (such as a prolonged labor and delivery) may be necessary. Abnormal newborn assessment test results aren’t necessarily a sign that something is wrong with the baby’s condition.

However, there are still steps that should be taken when scores are low. A failure to do so, could result in a minor setback becoming serious. Or if the low scores are indicative of a real problem, the necessary treatment could be delayed. In the case of negligence, Ohio medical malpractice lawyers may help parents review possible legal recourse.

What should be done if APGAR scores are abnormal?

If a child has a low score on the APGAR, measures such as medical care or treatment may be provided. The kind of care will depend on the problem.

For instance, if the baby was deprived of oxygen for any reason (such as a cord wrapped around the neck), steps may include clearing out the airway or providing the child with oxygen.

Will the baby require extra care after an abnormal APGAR score?

Once steps have been taken to treat the medical issue, if the problem is resolved, nothing more may need to be done. However, complications could require hospitalization. An example would be a premature baby who develops neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (difficulty breathing because of immature lung development).

Sometimes long-term care could be required after leaving the hospital. An example would be brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery.

The prognosis for an abnormal APGAR score can’t be determined strictly through a test. Other tests and observations will help in determining the baby’s overall health. Ohio medical malpractice lawyers with Mellino Robenalt LLC can consult with parents who suspect that, following an abnormal score on the APGAR, measures were not taken to further assess or treat the child.