Digital Thermometer Medline Oral / Rectal / Axillary Probe Handheld
- For oral use
- Large digital display
- Last memory recall
- Beeps when ready
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I take my patient’s temperature?
The easiest way for a patient to see if they have a fever is with a digital thermometer. A fever is when the body temperature rises to a point where the body has an infection due to the elevated body temperature. A sign that the body is fighting off the infection is when the fever is high.
There are a plethora of different types of digital thermometers that you can choose for diagnosing your patients with a fever. Whichever thermometer you choose make sure that you read the instructions that come with the digital thermometer, and if the thermometer works on batteries make sure you check them regularly. If the batteries are weak it can lead to a misleading reading on the thermometer.
What is a normal body temperature?
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or 37 degrees Celsius (°C) is the regular normal body temperature. The normal temperature often varies from 1° to 2°F (½° to 1°C). Body temperature changes throughout the day, usually lower in the morning and increases during the day and reaches its high in the late afternoon or evening.
What temperature is considered a fever?
100.4°F (38°C) or above this is considered to be a fever in adults. There are a couple of options in treating a fever. The first option is to use fever-reducing medication like acetaminophen to make the patients feel better or they can let it run its course. If it goes up to 102F (38.6C) or higher, make sure that patients call you for a medical examination.
How to use a digital thermometer?
A digital thermometer can be used in three different ways. These include:
- The oral method is when you place the digital thermometer underneath the patient’s tongue. Adults and children over the age of 4 can use this method to hold a thermometer in their mouths.
- The rectal method is when the patient has the thermometer inserted into their rectum. This is done mostly for babies however this method can be done on children up to the age of 3 years old. It’s possible to take rectal temperatures in children older than 3 years, but it could be difficult to keep them still.
- The axillary method is when you place the digital thermometer underneath the patient’s armpit. This method is used if the patient can not get their temperature measured safely through an oral digital thermometer. Although the axillary method is not the most accurate it can be used as a quick first check.
What are some types of thermometers?
There are two types of digital thermometers. There are touch and contact thermometers and they both need to be touching the body in order for them to work properly. The other type of thermometers are remote and no contact thermometers which can measure the temperature without touching the skin.
The types of thermometer that is the most common are the contact thermometer which uses heat sensors that can record the body temperature. Contact thermometers can be used on the forehead, mouth, armpit, or rectum. The thermometer will show the temperature reading which will be displayed digitally.
The most accurate way to take the temperature of an infant who is 3 months or younger, as well as children up to age 3 is taking the temperature through the rectal method. The armpit is the least accurate place to get a temperature reading. Oral readings are usually the easiest and most accurate way to read a patient’s temperature as long as their mouths are closed while the thermometer is under the tongue.
Since Covid -19, businesses and health care settings are screening visitors for fevers. When you have a remote thermometer where it doesn’t require physical contact with the patient, just scanning their forehead thus there is less chance of you getting the infection from them.
Temporal artery thermometers
The temporal arteries in the forehead have a temperature that can be measured by remote forehead thermometers.
- It is possible to record a person’s temperature quickly and easily with a remote temporal artery thermometer.
- It is appropriate for children of any age to have remote temporal artery thermometers.
- Some other types of thermometers are less expensive than temporal artery devices.
- These thermometers can be less accurate than other types of thermometers. There are many factors that can adversely affect the reading of the thermometer like direct sunlight, cold temperatures, or a sweaty forehead. Also, accuracy may be affected by user technique, such as holding the scanner too far away from the forehead.