Phototherapy is a technique used in several fields of medicine where the skin is exposed to light sources for a certain time, either to treat skin conditions, due to the use of UV radiation for its anti-inflammatory properties or as the treatment of choice in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia where light is used for its ability to reduce serum bilirubin levels.
Phototherapy in the case of hyperbilirubinaemia allows the transformation of bilirubin into water-soluble photoisomers that can be excreted in feces and urine, without the need to conjugate in the liver, thus maintaining safe levels of bilirubin in the blood, in order to prevent irreversible damage to the nervous system.
How many phototherapy sessions are needed for the treatment of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia?
Phototherapy in the treatment of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is based on the exposure of the newborn to a fluorescent light source, because the absorbed light degrades the bilirubin impregnated in the skin and present in the blood capillaries, transforming it into water-soluble derivatives that are then more easily eliminated by the body without the need for prior hepatic conjugation.
The light emitted by phototherapy lamps works by transforming bilirubin by photooxidation, thereby accelerating its excretion and thus decreasing its pathological levels in blood. The efficacy of phototherapy in the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia in newborns depends on: the intensity of the light emitted by the lamps used in the phototherapy units, have an emission spectrum close to that of the bilirubin absorption, the postnatal age of the newborn, gestation age, its birth weight, the cause of jaundice and the value of bilirubin at the beginning of treatment. Standard or conventional phototherapy can be applied to the newborn continuously or intermittently (with cycles of on and off of the lamp), in the case of intermittent phototherapy (with 12 hours of on and 12 hours of off of the lamp) and achieving the maximum effect of phototherapy in the first 24-48 hours of treatment, making the sessions necessary until the desired effect is achieved.
How many phototherapy sessions are needed for the treatment of skin diseases?
The main objective of phototherapy when used for the treatment of skin diseases is to reduce the growth of skin cells and treat the underlying inflammation of the skin, exposing the skin to UV light for its anti-inflammatory property.
Treatment with phototherapy to treat skin conditions takes about 10 weeks to complete the treatment in its entirety. Of course it depends on the modality used, if broadband therapy is applied it requires 3 to 5 sessions per week, if short band is used, 2 to 3 sessions are required each week, while PUVA treatments commonly require 25 sessions for a period of 2-3 months. The phototherapy session will vary in duration and will depend on the patient’s skin type and the intensity of light chosen for treatment.
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All newborn patients with hyperbilirubinemia need the best care for threatening jaundice. Our line of phototherapy products provides you with the reliability and stability of LED-light intensive phototherapy for your baby patient.
- The unit has a long service life providing between 20,000 and 30,000 hours of light therapy.
- LED fluorescent lamp as radiant elements of phototherapy.
- The curing angle of the lamp can be adjusted horizontally.
- The height of the lamp head can be adjusted.
- The stainless steel bracket can be adjusted.
- Wheels can be locked
- Timer to record the phototherapy operation.
- Use in incubators, irradiant heat moses and any type of moses.
- The YR02194 unit with blue fluorescent tube has a separate frame that can be used with incubator, irradiant heat moses and any type of moses in family care.
- Widely applicable in all hospitals and clinics and optimized for babies with jaundice.
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