• The Bhutani Nomogram Reduces Incidence of Severe Hyperbilirubinaemia in Term and Near Term Infants

      O’Reilly, P; Walsh, O; Allen, NM; Corcoran, JD (Irish Medical Journal, 2015-06)
      Very high bilirubin levels can have devastating neurodevelopmental effects on infants including hearing loss and cerebral palsy. A previous study in our institution determined the rate of, and factors associated with, bilirubin values above exchange transfusion level. Since this study the Bhutani nomogram was introduced to help identify infants at risk of severe hyperbilirubinaemia. In our study we looked at the initial serum bilirubin taken in infants e36weeks and e2.5kgs. Our results show that since this nomogram was introduced there has been a significant reduction in the number of infants reaching exchange transfusion levels. We also showed that the Bhutani nomogram could successfully be used in a population of unknown direct Coombs status.