Design of a bilirubin light intensity tester for developing world hospitals

TitleDesign of a bilirubin light intensity tester for developing world hospitals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDolan JM, Testa DM, Malkin RA
JournalProceedings of the IEEE ... annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference. IEEE Northeast Bioengineering Conference
Volume2006
Start Page47
Pagination47 - 48
Date Published01/2006
Abstract

Phototherapy by bililights is the gold standard used to provide treatment for jaundiced neonates. Jaundice is the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood which, if not treated in neonates, can lead to severe retardation and physical abnormalities. Since bililights are the primary treatment method for jaundice, bililight units need to be checked to determine if the intensity they are providing is in the correct therapeutic range. Typically, developing world hospitals have little or no funds available for purchasing, maintaining and fixing medical equipment or testing devices. Therefore, the sponsor of this project, Engineering World Health (EWH), is supporting the design and construction of an inexpensive bililight intensity tester for use in developing world hospitals. © 2006 IEEE.

Short TitleProceedings of the IEEE ... annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference. IEEE Northeast Bioengineering Conference