Are you using a thermometer that has oral or rectal equivalents or one that has core mode or
actual temp? From my understanding of the research the actual and core temps are more accurate.
Your particular patient is nearing the age where accuracy may be effected by lack of cooperation.
I am assuming that your staff has been educated for proper technique.
I will check to see what our ER is doing at present.
Sharon Luke, RN, MS, CPNP
"Charles J. Graham" wrote:
> We have used tympanic thermometers in our peds ED for the past several
> years, but the medical staff here has become very frustrated with them as
> we've had numerous patients with very spurious readings. I had a baby with
> sickle cell (8 mo old) who had a tympanic temp of 37.1 C, we asked for a
> rectal temp because he felt hot and his rectal temp was 39 C. We've had
> several, several such cases. Our biomed dept has repeatedly calibrated the
> tympanic thermometers, etc but to no avail.
> Because of our frustration, we're reconsidering our method of taking
> temperatures in our pediatric ED. I was wondering what methods were being
> used in other pediatric EDs. Do you check tympanics, rectals, etc.? How
> old before using an oral temp?
> James Graham MD
> Associate Medical Director, Peds ED
> Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock
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