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A comparison of the light-reduction capacity of commonly used incubator covers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15835478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The use of incubator covers to enhance preterm infants' rest and recovery is common in the NICU. However, the kinds of covers used vary extensively among and within nurseries. Few data exist on the effectiveness of different types of covers in reducing light levels to the infant. This study compared several types of commonly used incubator covers as to efficacy of light reduction. DESIGN: A descriptive, comparative design was used in this study. SAMPLE: Twenty-three incubator covers were tested, including professional, receiving blanket, hand-crocheted, three-layer quilt, and flannel. MAIN OUTCOME VARIABLE: The percentage of light level reduction of different incubator covers under various ambient light level settings. RESULTS: The amount of light reduction provided by incubator covers varies depending on type of fabric as well as percentage of incubator surface shielded by the cover. Dark-colored covers provided greater light reduction than bright/light-colored covers when covers identical in fabric type were compared. The light-reduction efficiency of the covers varied depending on the level of ambient light. Covers provided less light reduction in higher ambient light levels.
Yi-Hui Lee; Nima Malakooti; Marilyn Lotas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0730-0832     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:    2005 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-19     Completed Date:  2005-05-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-44     Citation Subset:  N    
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Equipment Design
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*

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