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Strategies for Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia: A Literature Review

Wells, Courtenay MS, FNP (BC), RN; Ahmed, Azza DNSc, CPNP, RN, IBCLC; Musser, Anna MS, PNP (BC), RN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 6 - p 377–382
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182a1fb7a
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“Common” neonatal jaundice can lead to dangerous levels of hyperbilirubinemia, causing neurological damage and even death. This article outlines evidence-based assessment techniques, management guidelines, and treatments for neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, addressing complexities that have arisen with new technologies and research results. We also explicate the role of the nurse in both prevention and care of patients and families who are affected by hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice.

This literature review brings you up to date on the important topic of hyperbilirubinemia in newborns.

Courtenay Wells is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Lafayette, IN. The author can be reached via e-mail at

Azza Ahmed is an Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Purdue University, IN.

Anna Musser is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Frankfort, IN.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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