A neonate who is undergoing ultraviolet (UV) phototherapy for hyperbilirubinemia may develop a skin burn if certain risk factors are present.


Risk factors for a skin burn in a neonate from UV lights:

(1) failure to use protective plexiglass shield

(2) premature infant

(3) exposure too long

(4) light source too close to skin

(5) concurrent therapy with a phototoxic drug

(6) porphyria


Clinical findings:

(1) skin erythema (first degree burn)

(2) second degree burns (blistering)


Another concern during UV therapy is eye protection.


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