Temporal Artery Thermometry May Replace Rectal, Says Study

19 April 2010 (Last Updated April 19th, 2010 18:30)

Temporal artery (TA) thermometry offers a reliable method to measure temperature, decreases risks associated with rectal thermometry and improves overall nursing care in a paediatric setting, a new study has found. The use of TA thermometry provides an 87% reduction in nursing cost and t

Temporal artery (TA) thermometry offers a reliable method to measure temperature, decreases risks associated with rectal thermometry and improves overall nursing care in a paediatric setting, a new study has found.

The use of TA thermometry provides an 87% reduction in nursing cost and time when compared to rectal thermometry, according to a study published by the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

The study was conducted on 40 children aged less than 24 months who were inpatients with a documented fever equal to or greater than 38 degrees and found that a TA thermometer caused less discomfort than a rectal thermometer resulting in increased family satisfaction with care.

The Exergen TemporalScanner, developed by Exergen Corporation, used in the study uses patented infrared technology to detect the heat emitted from the skin surface over the temporal artery and has been used with more than 15,000 patients.