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Checking your patient’s temperature at the start of an exam helps form the basis from which to assess future changes. Being too hot or too cold affects the body’s ability to work properly and a raised body temperature is one of the main signs of infection.
Body temperature is a measure of the body’s ability to get rid of heat. When it is too hot, the blood vessels in the skin expand to carry excess heat to the skin’s surface, causing the body to sweat. When sweat evaporates, it helps to cool the body. When it is cold, blood vessels narrow, reducing blood flow to the skin to save body heat. This triggers the body to shiver and produce heat.
Oral: A common method/gold standard for measuring core temperature in the clinical setting being mindful of environmental factors that can affect accuracy—food/drink consumption, smoking, chewing gum or mints, etc.
Tympanic: The tympanic membrane receives blood supply from the internal carotid artery, which also supplies blood to the hypothalamus, the region of the brain that regulates temperature.1
Axilla: Practical, non-invasive and safe, most suitable for infants and younger children but less reliable for clinical settings as it is influenced by ambient temperature, sweat and humidity.
Rectal: A common method for measuring core temperature in clinical laboratories; stable and not influenced by ambient conditions.
Using a thermometer is the only sure way to know if a fever is present.2 Always use a digital thermometer to measure temperature.
People typically think normal body temperature is an oral temperature measurement of 98.6°F or 37°C. However, normal body temperature can vary from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C) based on gender, age, activity and time of day.
For adults. a fever of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher is concerning. For infants and toddlers, an elevated temperature may indicate a cause for concern.3
1. Comparing Performance of Thermometers Against Esophageal Core Temperature as Control
2. Comparing Ear Thermometers and the Influence of Technique on Accurate Readings
Outcome: The Welch Allyn Braun ThermoScan PRO 6000 Ear Thermometer with PerfecTemp technology is more consistently accurate compared to the control device than Genius 2 when placed (1) too shallow or (2) upside down in the ear canal.
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1 Welch Allyn Hypertension Management Physician Research Summary, April 2016. https://www.welchallyn.com/content/dam/welchallyn/documents/upload-docs/Research/Case-Study/MC13358%20RPM%20Physician%20Research%20Summary%20Final%205-25.pdf
2,3 Mayo Clinic. Fever. Patient Care & Health Information. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/symptoms-causes/syc-20352759. Accessed July 31, 2018.
4 American Academy of Pediatrics. Thermometer use 101. AAP website. https://www.aappublications.org/content/30/11/29.2. October 27, 2009. Accessed July 31, 2018.
5 Johns Hopkins Medicine. Measuring a Baby’s Temperature. Johns Hopkins Health Library. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/pediatrics/measuring_a_babys_temperature_90,P02668. Accessed July 31, 2018.
6 Mayo Clinic. Thermometer basics: Taking your child’s temperature. Mayo Clinic Healthy Lifestyle Infant and toddler health. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/thermometer/art-20047410. Accessed July 31, 2018.
7 Michigan Medicine-C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Fever Temperatures: Accuracy and Comparison. Healthwise. https://www.mottchildren.org/health-library/tw9223. Accessed August 1, 2018.