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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 of …
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