Infrared thermometers for assessing fever in children: the ThermoScan PRO 4000 ear thermometer is more reliable than the Temporal Scanner TAT-500
- Department of Paediatrics, Chelsfield Park Hospital, Orpington, UK
- Correspondence to Dr A Sahib El-Radhi, Department of Paediatrics, Chelsfield Park Hospital, Orpington BR6 7RG, UK;
Implication for practice and research
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 …