Jaundice is one of the most common conditions needing medical attention in newborn babies. Jaundice refers to yellow colouration of the skin and the sclerae and is caused by a raised level of bilirubin in the circulation, a condition known as hyperbilirubinaemia.
Management options can be to repeat bilirubin measurement in 6–12 hours, consider phototherapy and repeat bilirubin measurement in 6 hours, start phototherapy and perform an exchange transfusion unless the bilirubin level falls below the threshold while the treatment is being prepared.
The BiliChecker app has been developed by the RCOG in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) and will appeal to midwives, nurses, neonatologists, paediatricians, GPs and RCOG members.
Dr Janet Rennie, Consultant Neonatologist, University College London Hospitals and Chair of the Neonatal Jaundice Guideline Development Group, says:
“The BiliChecker app facilitates the rapid calculation of a baby’s age in hours, which is necessary for the interpretation of bilirubin levels. The app also helps the user to choose the right plan for an individual baby, based on the bilirubin action lines proposed by NICE.”
Dr Stephen Murphy, Clinical Co-Director (Child Health) at the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health, adds:
“The BiliChecker app provides health care professionals with an extremely useful decision tool based on the recommendations of the NICE clinical guideline on neonatal jaundice. It should be of great practical value and assist with implementation of the guideline.”
The app will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch from Friday 15 February, priced at 69p. To download, please click here.
For more information about the app please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For media enquiries or if you would like a trial of the app please contact Naomi Weston on 020 7772 6357 or email@example.com
The NICE guideline on neonatal jaundice can be found here.