A fever is one of the symptoms of an underlying illness. In ambulatory and hospital settings, in infants aged less than 4 weeks, axillary measurement of body temperature using a digital thermometer is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 3 and by the Italian guidelines.
16-20 In the present study, we aimed at comparing a NCIT with two other methods (digital axillary, DAT and infrared tympanic thermometers, ITT), in a non contact thermometer population of healthy at term newborns and preterm newborns nursed in incubators at a level III hospital, and in its neonatal intensive care unit.
It’s good value for money for the amount of things this thermometer does, it’s extremely quick at reading and is very accurate as I tested it against my other 2 thermometers and you can even set the date and time on it. It’s also great for if you need to use it in the middle of the light and don’t want to switch all the lights on as the screen lights up in blue.
Thus, these results were presented as mean, SDs and 95% CI. To compare body temperatures obtained in each newborn using the three methods, the mean value of the bilateral axillary measurements with the digital axillary thermometer, the mean value of the bilateral tympanic measurements with the ITT and the mean value of the two mid-forehead measurements with the NCIT, were calculated.
This Temple thermometer has been clinically tested in several big teaching hospitals based on the protocol of ASTM E1965-98:2009 regulatory standard, covering sufficient febrile and normal body temperature subjects with satisfied clinical repeatability and measuring accuracy comparing to the concurrent oral temperature measurement reading.
NCIT measurements were executed in the mid-forehead following the manufacturer’s instructions (Thermofocus, model 0800; Tecnimed, Varese, Italy) and according to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM 2009) E 1965-1968 standard specifications for infrared thermometers for intermittent determination of patient temperature.
Some typical circumstances are where the object to be measured is moving; where the object is surrounded by an electromagnetic field , as in induction heating ; where the object is contained in a vacuum or other controlled atmosphere; or in applications where a fast response is required, an accurate surface temperature is desired or the object temperature is above the recommended use point for contact sensors, or contact with a sensor would mar the object or the sensor, or introduce a significant temperature gradient on the object’s surface.