January 1972


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Terre Haute, Ind

Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(1):85. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110070135027

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To the Editor.—It was with great interest that I read Dr. Feingold's tale of the exploding light bulb (Amer J Dis Child122:87, 1971).

For almost five years at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind, we have advocated "spotlight" therapy for neonatal icterus, and our nurseries always abound with gooseneck lamps. We too ignored the time tested admonition to protect the infant from unshielded bulbs. Our experience was a sad one, when an exploding bulb produced several small lacerations on an unsuspecting jaundiced baby. But Al Gremminger, resident genius in our maintenance department, solved our problem quickly, neatly, and inexpensively. The Figure shows his use of a kitchen strainer bolted onto the gooseneck lamp reflector. Now our babies smile through their jaundice—secure beneath their lamps.

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