Evaluation of Temporal Artery Thermometry in Children 3–36 Months Old
Article first published online: 6 JUL 2009
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Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 239–244, October 2009
How to Cite
Holzhauer, J. K., Reith, V., Sawin, K. J. and Yen, K. (2009), Evaluation of Temporal Artery Thermometry in Children 3–36 Months Old. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 14: 239–244. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00204.x
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 6 JUL 2009
- First Received April 25, 2008; Revision received January 6, 2009; Accepted for publication January 9, 2009.
- FLACC Scale;
- nursing assessment;
- nursing care;
- rectal temperature;
- temporal artery temperature
PURPOSE. This study aims to determine whether temporal artery (TA) thermometer readings are accurate and better tolerated than rectal readings in young children.
DESIGN AND METHODS. Paired rectal and TA temperature readings and Face Legs Activity Cry and Consolability (FLACC) scores were obtained.
RESULTS. TA thermometry failed to detect rectal fever (38°C or greater) in approximately 20% of paired temperature readings. FLACC scores were significantly lower after TA readings than after rectal readings.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. This study questions TA readings as an accurate substitute for rectal thermometry.