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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161328
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Light Reduction Capacity of Commonly Used Incubator Covers
Abstract:
Light Reduction Capacity of Commonly Used Incubator Covers
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Lee, Yi-Hui, MSN, RN
Contact Address:1929 Green Road - #607, Cleveland, OH, 44121, USA
Co-Authors:Nima R. Malakooti, BSN Student; Marilyn Lotas, PhD, RN, Dr.
A major concern for nurses caring for preterm infants is to adapt their caregiving to ensure that the infants have optimal rest and recovery time. Using incubator covers to reduce light levels experienced by the infant is one commonly used strategy. However, the kinds of incubator covers used vary extensively between nurseries and within nurseries. Little data exists describing the kinds of covers in common use or comparing the effectiveness of different types of covers in reducing light levels to the infant. This lack of systematically collected data limits the usefulness of this important nursing intervention. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the light reduction capacity of several types of incubator covers commonly used in the NICU. Design: A comparative, descriptive study design was used. Method: A total of five types of 23 incubator covers were used. The level of light transmission within the incubator was measured under multiple ambient light levels. Results: The amount of light reduction varied substantively depending on thickness, color and type of fabric of the covers and by the percentage of the incubator surface covered. The light reduction efficiency of the covers also varied depending on the levels of ambient light, providing less light reduction in higher ambient light levels. Dark color provided greater light reduction than bright/light colored covers when comparisons were made using covers identical in fabric, size and style. Implications for Nursing: 1. Nurses should consider using those covers having high light reduction capacity. 2. Incubator covers should be placed to achieve the maximum shielding of the infant’s eyes from the primary light source. 3. With high ambient light levels incubator covers with greater opacity should be used.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLight Reduction Capacity of Commonly Used Incubator Coversen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161328-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Light Reduction Capacity of Commonly Used Incubator Covers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Lee, Yi-Hui, MSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">1929 Green Road - #607, Cleveland, OH, 44121, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Nima R. Malakooti, BSN Student; Marilyn Lotas, PhD, RN, Dr. </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">A major concern for nurses caring for preterm infants is to adapt their caregiving to ensure that the infants have optimal rest and recovery time. Using incubator covers to reduce light levels experienced by the infant is one commonly used strategy. However, the kinds of incubator covers used vary extensively between nurseries and within nurseries. Little data exists describing the kinds of covers in common use or comparing the effectiveness of different types of covers in reducing light levels to the infant. This lack of systematically collected data limits the usefulness of this important nursing intervention. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the light reduction capacity of several types of incubator covers commonly used in the NICU. Design: A comparative, descriptive study design was used. Method: A total of five types of 23 incubator covers were used. The level of light transmission within the incubator was measured under multiple ambient light levels. Results: The amount of light reduction varied substantively depending on thickness, color and type of fabric of the covers and by the percentage of the incubator surface covered. The light reduction efficiency of the covers also varied depending on the levels of ambient light, providing less light reduction in higher ambient light levels. Dark color provided greater light reduction than bright/light colored covers when comparisons were made using covers identical in fabric, size and style. Implications for Nursing: 1. Nurses should consider using those covers having high light reduction capacity. 2. Incubator covers should be placed to achieve the maximum shielding of the infant&rsquo;s eyes from the primary light source. 3. With high ambient light levels incubator covers with greater opacity should be used.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:19:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:19:36Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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