September 28, 2010
New, ‘Electronic Apgar’ To Predict Health of Premature Babies
|Stanford University researchers say they’ve developed an electronic
version of the traditional Apgar score for newborns that can more accurately assess and predict the future health of premature infants.
The new system, called the “PhysiScore,” comes up with a “prediction
algorithm” by taking into account information like the newborn’s
gestational age and birthweight and then filtering in a stream of
real-time data routinely collected in neonatal intensive care units –
heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation.