Evaluation of a point-of-care direct spectrophotometric method for measurement of total serum bilirubin in term and near-term neonates

H. A. Barko, Greg L. Jackson, W. D. Engle

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate point-of-care (POC) measurement of total serum bilirubin (TSB) in the management of neonatal jaundice. Study design: TSB was measured by a POC direct spectrophotometric bilirubin method (Unistat™ (U/TSB)) and a standard diazo clinical laboratory method (Olympus AU640E analyzer (diazo/TSB)). Agreement between U/TSB and diazo/TSB was assessed by correlation coefficient and Bland-Altman analysis. Transcutaneous bilirubin (TcB) was measured using JM-103™ (JM). Results: Correlation between U/TSB and diazo/TSB was 0.99 (n = 120). Maximum difference (U/TSB minus diazo/TSB) was -2.9 mg/dl, and 79% were ±1 mg/dl; the average difference was 0.37±0.70 mg/dl and the average absolute difference was 0.60±0.52 mg/dl. Median time to determine U/TSB was 5 min. Correlation between U/TSB and JM was 0.92 (n = 113). Maximum difference (U/TSB minus JM) was 6.3 mg/dl, and 45% were ±1 mg/dl; the average difference was 0.7± 1.8 mg/dl and the average absolute difference was 1.4 ±1.2 mg/dl. Conclusion: Measurement of TSB using Unistat™ provides excellent agreement with diazo/TSB and rapid turnaround time. This technique may provide reliable POC confirmation of TcB results that are above a screening cutoff value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006

Keywords

  • Diazo method
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Transcutaneous bilirubin
  • Unistat™ bilirubinometer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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