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J Paediatr Child Health. 1995 Feb;31(1):11-3.

BiliBlanket phototherapy system versus conventional phototherapy: a randomized controlled trial in preterm infants.

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Department of Paediatrics, Monash Medical Centre, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study compares the use of standard overhead fluorescent phototherapy units with the BiliBlanket a woven fibreoptic pad which delivers high intensity light with no ultraviolet or infrared irradiation in the treatment of jaundice in preterm infants.

METHODOLOGY:

We chose to study infants between 800 and 2500 g, with strict criteria for commencing and ceasing phototherapy. Serum bilirubin levels were followed at 12-24 h intervals until 24 h after cessation of phototherapy. Infants were allocated at random to receive either conventional phototherapy or the BiliBlanket.

RESULTS:

There were 24 infants in the conventional group and 20 in the BiliBlanket group. Mean duration of phototherapy was compared and was 44 h for the conventional group versus 42 h for the BiliBlanket group.

CONCLUSIONS:

We have shown that the BiliBlanket is as effective as conventional phototherapy and was well accepted by nursing staff and parents.

PMID:
7748680
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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