Google’s doodle remembers Apgar Score and its creator Virginia Apgar
Google’s doodle remembers Apgar Score and its creator Virginia Apgar
Virginia Apgar would have been 101 on Thursday
08 June, 2018, 23:57
She eventually rose and became director of Columbia University's department of anaesthesia, and in 1949 she became the first woman to become a full-time professor at Columbia University.
Apgar developed the Apgar Score, an assessment tool that doctors use to determine which newborn babies are in need of immediate emergency attention. It is still widely used today.
Dr Apgar was also well known for her work in the field of teratology (birth abnormalities).
Today's Google Doodle is paying tribute to Dr Virginia Apgar. On her 109th birth anniversary, search giant Google has honoured her with a Doodle. In 1952, she finally presented the Apgar Score system. The score, which has a scale of 0-2, helps in gauging the health of a newborn by taking into cognizance the basic functions of the body like heart rate, muscles' tone, respiration patterns, reflex, etc. and provides a result immediately thereafter.
This inheritance motivated her to study zoology, chemistry and physiology before attending Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and obtaining a medical degree in 1933.
This score is generally done within one and five minutes after birth, so this is really the first test most of you were given.
"Compiled scores for each newborn can range between 0 and 10, with 10 being the best possible condition for a newborn". Apgar became the first woman to become a board-certified anesthesiologist in 1937.
They were from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, Mount Holyoke college and the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. The Apgar score is still used in some hospitals in the United States.
A score of 7 and above is what the doctor would be hoping for and regard as normal, with 4 to 6 being quite low.
The five different categories are also known as Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respira-tion to create an acronym of Apgar. Through her work, she raised awareness of birth defects as a national health problem through public education and fundraising for research efforts.
Apgar wrote over 60 medical articles, and co-wrote the bestseller "Is My Baby All Right?" with Joan Beck.
She died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 65 on August 7, 1974, and was buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
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