A randomized, controlled application of the Wallaby phototherapy system compared with standard phototherapy.

R. Gale*, Z. Dranitzki, S. Dollberg, D. K. Stevenson

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Abstract

The feasibility and efficacy of a fiberoptic blanket (Wallaby Phototherapy System) for the treatment of physiologic jaundice was compared with conventional phototherapy. Forty-two full-term infants with nonhemolytic jaundice were included in the study. Infants in the study group were treated with the fiberoptic blanket and the infants in the control group were placed under a standard phototherapy unit. Both the fiberoptic blanket and the standard phototherapy unit delivered an average irradiance of 7.0 +/- 0.5 muw/cm2/nm. Incremental changes in serial plasma bilirubin levels compared with the initial bilirubin concentration did not differ between the study and control groups. For infants whose initial plasma bilirubin concentration exceeded 200 mumol/L, a statistically significant difference was found in both study and control groups between the average bilirubin level at initiation of phototherapy and the average bilirubin level at termination of treatment. We conclude that phototherapy delivered by the fiberoptic blanket is safe and has efficacy comparable to that of conventional phototherapy, providing a convenient alternative phototherapy application strategy that obviates the need for eye patches and facilitates maternal handling of the infant during therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1990
Externally publishedYes

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