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Published August 25, 2011, 02:22 PM

New equipment available at CMH for testing newborns

The OB Department at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet has a new piece of equipment that will make testing for jaundice much quicker and less painful for newborns.

The OB Department at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet has a new piece of equipment that will make testing for jaundice much quicker and less painful for newborns.

The BiliChek allows nurses to measure the bilirubin (degree of jaundice) score of the newborn by simply placing the device near the baby’s head. A beam of light passes through the skin and is then reflected back with a bilirubin value. In the past, this test required medical professionals to draw blood and then make the assessment as to whether or not the baby is jaundiced.

Jaundice is the single most common medical condition affecting newborns and is the number one reason newborns are readmitted to the hospital.

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