In Ems Prehospital Care in checking temperature which is prefered Comparing your temperature with pt? or using mercury thermometer? or going digital?

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Phillips is coming out with a forehead, "electrode" temperature probe for continuous temperature monitoring. Haven't seen the data about accuracy, etc.

For single-point temps we use commercial tympanic thermometers.
Not sure what you mean by "comparing your temperature with pt." If you mean putting one hand on your forehead and the other on the patient's...well, I think that has entertainment value only.

We use cheap, disposable, plastic thermometers in the field. They seem to be accurate within +/- 2 degrees, i.e. worthless.
We use the Exergen TAT 5000 temporal thermometers. When properly used, these thermometers are accurate to within 0.5 of a degree F, which is about as accurate as you'll find for a non-invasive field thermometer. The physiological princlple upon which this technology is based is simple.

The device reads in either Farenheit or Celsius. We use them routinely for patients with fever, hypothermia, heat stress, and as an adjunct to firefighter rehabilitation for fires, hazmat, prolonged rescues, and during training.

cool easy fast and accurate right? but expesive??


Skip Kirkwood said:
Phillips is coming out with a forehead, "electrode" temperature probe for continuous temperature monitoring. Haven't seen the data about accuracy, etc.

For single-point temps we use commercial tympanic thermometers.
okay sir you know what sir we still use the mercury thermometer which is they said to be much accurate than digital but then i have seen that it is also harmful to our patients.. cause the danger of falling and breakage may cause injury to our patient.


Mike Rubin said:
Not sure what you mean by "comparing your temperature with pt." If you mean putting one hand on your forehead and the other on the patient's...well, I think that has entertainment value only.

We use cheap, disposable, plastic thermometers in the field. They seem to be accurate within +/- 2 degrees, i.e. worthless.
franc said:
cool easy fast and accurate right? but expesive??
Only if you get the actual professional version. There's a consumer version, and while I generally don't recommend home products for ambulance use, it's accurate enough to pass FDA muster. It just won't last as long....

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