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Infrared thermometers for assessing fever in children: the ThermoScan PRO 4000 ear thermometer is more reliable than the Temporal Scanner TAT-500
  1. A Sahib El-Radhi
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Chelsfield Park Hospital, Orpington, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr A Sahib El-Radhi, Department of Paediatrics, Chelsfield Park Hospital, Orpington BR6 7RG, UK; Sahib.el-radhi{at}hotmail.co.uk

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  • The potential benefits of infrared ear thermometry include: the technique is a fast and therefore cost-effective because nursing time can be considerably reduced; measurements are not influenced by environmental temperature and there is no risk of cross-infection compared with conventional contact thermometers.

  • The use of infrared ear thermometers should be more widespread in hospitals and in general practices as there is a strong evidence-base supporting the reliability of this method of temperature measurement.

  • Although the temporal artery thermometry may be used to screen for the presence or absence …

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