EVALUATION OF INFRARED TYMPANIC THERMOMETERS DURING NORMOTHERMIA AND HYPOTHERMIA IN HUMANS

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Authors
  1. Ducharme, M.B.
  2. Frim, J.
  3. Bourdon, L.
  4. Giesbrecht, G.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Infrared tympanic thermometers (ITTs) are becoming commonplace in hospitals and laboratories for routine measurement of deep body temperature. Concerns have been raised, however, regarding their accuracy when compared to other body temperature estimates. Some authors have reported the ITTs to be accurate to within 0.1C and closely related to other measures of deep body temperature, while others have reported some inaccuracy (+ or - 0.5C) and poor correlation. The objective of the present study was to evaluate three brands of ITTs (Genius™; Thermoscan™; and Diatek™ on normothermic and hypothermic subjects against various estimates of core temperature: oral (Toral), rectal (Tre), esophageal (Teso), and ear canal (Tec).
Keywords
Infrared;Thermoscan tympanic thermometers;Diatek tympanic thermometers;Genius tympanic thermometers
Report Number
DCIEM-96-P-41 — Paper
Date of publication
01 May 1996
Number of Pages
7
DSTKIM No
99-00193
CANDIS No
510019
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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