Table 2

Characteristics, rate of bilirubin fall and duration of phototherapy for infants received community-initiated and hospital initiated HPT

Community-initiated HPTHospital-initiated HPT
n=52n=48
Gestational age in weeks 37±1.737±1.8
Birth weight in g 3008±6173038±614
Gender
Male
28 (54%)25 (52%)
Age (days) at onset of phototherapy 5 (3–6)5.5 (3–7)
DCT
Positive5 (10%)3 (6%)
Not available8%0
Feeding
Breast feeding16 (31%)17 (35%)
Formula16 (30%)17 (35%)
Mixed feeding20 (38%)14 (29%)
Rate of SBR fall(µmol/L/hour)3±1.91.9±1.8
Other investigations
Hb191±21194±32
Platelets274±85255±64
Direct bilirubin11±710±3
Duration of phototherapy in hours 40±2447±31
Readmissions 1 (2%)2 (4%)
  • DCT, direct Coomb’s test; HPT, home phototherapy; IPT, inpatient phototherapy; SBR, serum bilirubin.