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O-blanket - Phototherapy device for neonatal jaundice (prototype)

Based on parent project : Small sized fiber sensors Ref. No.GHP/043/07TP Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice affect a large percentage of newborn babies, approximately 60% of the 4 million newborns in the United States each year. It is a yellowing of the skin and other tissues of a newborn infant. Severe jaundice can harm the central nervous system. Phototherapy has been used as an effective therapeutic method. Almost all jaundice neonate need phototherapy, the time of which varies from 2 to 7 days according to the severity of symptoms. Traditional phototherapy instrument for neonatal jaundice is a blue light box. However, the main shortage is that the baby may dehydrate because the air in the box is hot and dry. Current commercial Biliblanket® phototherapy system can contact to the baby’s skin directly, but it is limited by a small area irradiation and lack of flexibility. The nurses have to change the positions of irradiation regularly. This proposed type of O-blanket for phototherapy on neonatal jaundice is very flexible and provides a whole body irradiation. In 2010, there are 88,000 neonates in Hong Kong and the number will increase this year. At the same time, more nurses in Hong Kong public hospitals left their job because of heavy workload. Sometimes one nurse need to take care 22 patients per night. The output of our project will provide effective care and reduce the workload of nurses significantly. This technology will be used as a phototherapy instrument for neonatal jaundice. It will reduce the workload of nurses, and enhance the reliability of the public health care system in Hong Kong.


China Delegation Award in the 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2015)
Silver Medal in the 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2015)
Project No. (ITC) ITT/013/11TT
Project Type Prototype
Project Co-ordinator Prof. TAO Xiaoming
Research Institute The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ITF Amount HK$ 1,244,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2012-08-15
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2014-06-14
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