As a pioneer in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) equipment, International Biomedical strives to foster education and understanding of crucial topics in neonatal care. One of these areas of care is jaundice management. We manufacture a line of infant phototherapy products designed to manage and treat infant jaundice. In this blog post, we delve into the significant role of phototherapy in managing neonatal jaundice.
What is Infant Jaundice?
Infant jaundice is a common condition usually occurring in newborns, characterized by a yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes. This occurs due to an excess of bilirubin, a byproduct of the breakdown of red blood cells. Most cases of jaundice in newborns are mild and resolve without intervention. However, if the bilirubin levels become too high, it can lead to serious complications.
The Power of Light: Phototherapy for Jaundice
Phototherapy, or light therapy, is the primary treatment for neonatal jaundice. It works by exposing the baby’s skin to a specific type and wavelength of light. This light alters the bilirubin in the baby’s body, making it easier for the liver to process and excrete.
International Biomedical offers state-of-the-art phototherapy equipment designed with both the effectiveness and the comfort of the little ones in mind. Our systems offer safe and targeted light exposure, ensuring optimal treatment while minimizing any potential side effects.
Advancements in Phototherapy Technology
Phototherapy technology has evolved significantly over the years, and we are proud to be part of this progression. Our phototherapy units offer a range of innovative features to provide efficient and convenient treatment.
- Precise-Spectrum Light: Our devices emit a precise narrow spectrum of light of 460 nanometers, which is shown to be most effective in converting bilirubin into a form the infant’s body can eliminate.
- Safety and Comfort: Our phototherapy units are designed to provide maximum patient comfort, with soft light that minimizes eye irritation.
- Efficiency: Our phototherapy units are energy efficient, providing high-intensity light while keeping power consumption low.
- Portability: With compact, portable designs, our units can be used in various settings, from intensive care units to the special care nursery.
Guidelines for Phototherapy Use
It’s important to note that the decision to use phototherapy should be based on careful consideration of the baby’s bilirubin levels, age, overall health, and other factors. Guidelines established by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provide a clear framework for when and how phototherapy should be administered.
Eye protection must be worn during admiration of Phototherapy. Our WeeSpecs Phototherapy Mask line offers the patient a soft and comfortable fit, while providing crucial eye protection.
Phototherapy is a safe treatment for infant jaundice, but it should be used judiciously and under professional medical supervision. As always, the well-being of the infant is our top priority.
Illuminating the Future of Jaundice Management
At International Biomedical, we’re not just keeping up with the advancements in phototherapy – we’re driving them. As we continue to innovate and improve, our focus remains on providing solutions that deliver optimal care to our littlest patients. International Biomedical is here to support your neonatal care journey through our line of NICU products.