What is jaundice meter?

What is jaundice meter?

The transcutaneous jaundice meter from Delta Medical International offers a reliable, non-invasive method for screening babies for jaundice. The product is convenient, effective and proven, reducing the need for blood sampling and thus contributing to developmental care practice.

How do you use a Draeger jaundice meter?

Place the Jaundice Meter JM-105 probe tip flat against the baby’s skin, not at an angle, and press lightly until you hear a click. Lift the Jaundice Meter JM-105 from the skin between measurements and pause until the green READY light illuminates again.

How does a bilirubin meter work?

The device works by directing white light into the skin of the newborn and measuring the intensity of the specific wavelengths that are returned. By knowing the spectral properties of the components within the skin, one can subtract out the interfering components and determine the concentration of bilirubin.

How much does a transcutaneous Bilirubinometer cost?

There are two types of transcutaneous bilirubinometers (JM and BiliCheck meter) that are commonly used for estimation of serum bilirubin in neonates. The direct cost for the JM meter costs about US$3995 and requires no additional supplies.

What is considered high bilirubin levels in newborns?

Although it’s common for bilirubin levels to be high in newborns, if levels are 20mg/dL or more, severe jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia) is diagnosed. Less than 2% of babies will develop severe hyperbilirubinemia.

Does jaundice cause brain damage?

When severe jaundice goes untreated for too long, it can cause brain damage and a condition called kernicterus. Early diagnosis and treatment of jaundice can prevent kernicterus.

What is the normal range for total bilirubin?

Normal results for a total bilirubin test are 1.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) for adults and usually 1 mg/dL for those under 18. Normal results for direct bilirubin are generally 0.3 mg/dL.

What is the reason for phototherapy for jaundice in newborns?

Phototherapy. Phototherapy is treatment with a special type of light (not sunlight). It’s sometimes used to treat newborn jaundice by lowering the bilirubin levels in your baby’s blood through a process called photo-oxidation. Photo-oxidation adds oxygen to the bilirubin so it dissolves easily in water.

What is TSB test?

This test is also known as Total serum bilurubin (TSB) test. What is it used for? A bilirubin blood test is used to check the health of your liver. The test is also commonly used to help diagnose newborn jaundice. Many healthy babies get jaundice because their livers aren’t mature enough to get rid of enough bilirubin.

Is 19 a high bilirubin levels in newborns?

Jaundice is considered pathologic if it presents within the first 24 hours after birth, the total serum bilirubin level rises by more than 5 mg per dL (86 mol per L) per day or is higher than 17 mg per dL (290 mol per L), or an infant has signs and symptoms suggestive of serious illness.