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Home Phototherapy for Neonatal Jaundice

Authors: Noureldein M, Mupanemunda G, McDermott H, et al.

Jaundice is almost universal in newborn infants and, where treatment is required, it is generally undertaken in hospital. However, it is possible to safely administer home phototherapy (HPT) for jaundice in patients’ own homes. This practice has been accepted as an alternative to inpatient phototherapy (IPT) in several countries. HPT helps to prevent prolonged hospitalisation and re-admission. It can promote mother–infant bonding and lead to increased parental satisfaction.  This study demonstrates that PT can be delivered at home in a select group of infants and could be an ideal option during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  It can be as effective as inpatient phototherapy, potentially preventing occupancy of acute beds and help in delivering Family-Centred care, and finally it is well received and positively viewed by parents.

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August 1, 2021
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