Therapeutic interventions in preterm infants are determined based on birth weight. Phototherapy (PTx) is the treatment for hyperbilirubinemia, started based on serum bilirubin level. However, weight-based guidelines for PTx in preterm infants are lacking. We present a simple way of calculating the bilirubin to initiate PTx. A percentage body weight, ranging from 0.5%-1%, is used to calculate bilirubin.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2010.02104.x] [PMID: 21114525]