Manufacturer: Philips Respironics
Model: Wallaby 3
Jaundice refers to the yellow appearance of the skin that occurs with the deposition of bilirubin in the dermal and subcutaneous tissue. Normally in the body, bilirubin is processed through the liver, where it is conjugated to glucuronic acid by the enzyme uridine diphosphate glucuronyl transferase (UGT) 1A1. This conjugated form of bilirubin is then excreted into the bile and removed from the body via the gut. When this excretion process is low following birth, does not work efficiently, or is overwhelmed by the amount of endogenously produced bilirubin, the amount of bilirubin in the body increases, resulting in hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice. The effect of light on jaundice in neonates, and the ability of light to decrease serum bilirubin levels, was first described by Cremer et al in 1958. This observation led to the development of light sources for use in the treatment of infants with hyperbilirubinemia, a treatment now referred to as phototherapy. Wallaby 3 Phototherapy System allows a mother to hold and even nurse her baby without interrupting therapy. At 7 lbs the Wallaby 3 is light enough to be easily transported with the baby. There is no infrared or ultraviolet light to harm the baby. Every aspect of this device has been designed to make it the most complete and most portable phototherapy system available.
Available in Miami-Dade and Broward