bililight

bililight

, bili light (bil′ē-līt″)
An ultraviolet-emitting light source that is used to care for infants with neonatal jaundice. It is a type of phototherapy that helps to convert bilirubin into a form that can be detoxified by the liver, i.e., conjugated so that it becomes water soluble and can be eliminated from the body in urine and feces.

CAUTION!

When a bililight is used for an infant, the eyes should be covered to prevent drying and irritation, and measures should be taken to deal with an increased risk of dehydration.
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Most common equipment used in neonatal intensive care unit are bililights, central line, cardiopulmonary monitor, blood pressure monitor, incubator, oxygen hood, radiant warmer, ventilator, endotracheal tube, umbilical catheter, are some of the most common equipment used in infant care units in hospitals.
We worked during the last legislative session to negotiate with these groups to exempt nurses and advanced practice nurses from this requirement, because upon close reading the law could actually prevent nurses from using bililights on jaundiced newborns, prevent nurses from using pulse oxymeters, using dopplers to assess bladder residuals, peripheral circulation, or using ultrasound for biophysical profiles of fetuses, or for placement of central lines.
Treatment normally consists of phototherapy, a process in which infants are exposed to blue bililights that break down bilirubin into a water-soluble compound excreted through the kidneys.