A swing that supports and comforts an infant during treatment of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia.
- Provides High Quality Phototherapy
- Perfectly Positioned Bili Light Panels Reduce Bilirubin Levels
- Created for Full Term and Preterm Infants
- For Use in a Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or Home Setting
- Easy to Manufacture
Story Behind the Invention
Inventors Debbie Shaw of Houston, PA and Casey Caddell of Canonsburg, PA have created a swing that supports and comforts an infant during treatment of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia.
Hyperbilirubinemia or jaundice is a common diagnosis in both full term and preterm infants. When bilirubin levels are high, they must be brought down quickly - and stay down - to prevent serious medical issues, including brain damage. Phototherapy is the prescribed treatment. While there are products that do a decent job of bringing down bilirubin levels, they provide no comfort measure for the babies. As a registered nurse and registered nurse practitioner working daily with newborns, they would see infants under phototherapy screaming and crying because they wanted to be held. They could not take them out from under the lights. The infants would only have a pacifier for comfort. Shaw and Caddell just knew there had to be a way to administer phototherapy while also providing the comfort babies so often crave. In turn, they developed the Bili-Swing!
This clever new invention will soothe an infant during phototherapy treatment, so the infant will get the maximum exposure to bili lights while being comforted in the swing. This will benefit both full term and preterm infants. The swing will be ideal for use in a nursery, neonatal intensive care unit, or even in a home setting.
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