Neonatal Jaundice JCG0013 v3.1
Neonatal Jaunice on NICU – Bilirubin encephalopathy and kernicterus are now rare but they do still occur3. The purpose of this guideline is to identify those babies at risk of encephalopathy enabling intervention in time to prevent its occurrence.
Elevated bilirubin levels particularly within the first 24 hours or outside the immediate neonatal period can also sometimes signify serious underlying disease and it is these babies also that we would wish to identify
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