what'll happen if the lights are left on when drawing blood for serum bilirubin level

  1. what would happen to the blood
    if the light was left on while
    drawing blood for serum bilirubin level
    from a newborn with hyperbilirubinemia?
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  3. by   CCL"Babe"
    The light would affect the results.
  4. by   GingerSue
    how would the phototherapy light
    affect the results?

    what does it do to the bilirubin?
  5. by   EricJRN
    May cause instability of bilirubin (since it's on its way to being converted to lumirubin) and therefore a false-low level.

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