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Phototherapy Light Meter
|Health Topic||Child mortality|
|Location||Africa, Asia, North America|
Problem being addressed
Phototherapy is the most common form of therapy for jaundice in newborns. However, it is difficult to measure the amount of light waves that penetrate the newborn’s skin. In addition, these phototherapy units cost more than $2,000, a cost too high to be utilized in low-resource settings.
Detailed description of the solution
This phototherapy light meter allows physicians to determine the effectiveness of phototherapy lights. The light meters allow technicians to identify the amount of light that is given off in the spectrum of visible light. In addition, these meters also have filters that can block interference. In this way, these light meters can be used to validate the irradiance of tube-based phototherapy devices.
- Designed by: Ron Newton, chief technical consultant for Global Healing
- Manufacturer (if different):
- Manufacturer location: Berkely, CA, USA
When and where it was tested/implemented
This device has been implemented in a range of locations, such as areas that speak English, Spanish, French, Russian, Swahili, Thai, Arabic and Chinese.
Other internally generated reports
Phototherapy Light Meter. Retrieved October 31, 2013 from here.
Externally generated reports
Global Healing to Donate Life-Saving Phototherapy Light Meters to Developing Countries. (2010, October 4). Retrieved October 31, 2013 from here.
Phototherapy Light Meter. (2013, January 11). Retrieved October 31, 2013 from here.