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Phototherapy and the use of heat shields in very low birthweight infants.
  1. P R Stutchfield,
  2. N Modi,
  3. A M Weindling
  1. Regional Neonatal Unit, Liverpool Maternity Hospital.


    The irradiance produced by phototherapy units in use on a neonatal unit was measured. The phototherapy tubes were found to decline at a variable rate. Heat shields used to decrease heat and evaporative losses in the very low birthweight infant reduce irradiance and may appreciably limit the effectiveness of phototherapy.

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