Phototherapy Light Meter

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About this medical device
Phototherapy Light Meter.jpg
Status Commercialized
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in United States
Replicated in Africa, Asia, North America
Health topic Child mortality
Health classification Treatment
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

This device has been implemented in a range of locations, such as areas that speak English, Spanish, French, Russian, Swahili, Thai, Arabic and Chinese.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Global Healing

References[edit | edit source]

Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Phototherapy Light Meter. Retrieved October 31, 2013 from here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

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.

IP and copyright[edit | edit source]

Approval by regulatory bodies or standards boards[edit | edit source]