|Test to be performed - Measuring axillary body temperature
Equipment - Traditional mercury-filled or digital thermometer
- Axillary temperature can be taken by placing a thermometer in the axillary region.
- Keep the patient’s arm adducted for 3 minutes if using a traditional mercury-filled thermometer or until the digital beep sounds if using a digital device.
- Document your findings.
- The axillary method is used most often with pediatric patients.
- Axillary temperature values tend to be 0.3 to 0.4 °F lower than those temperatures taken orally.
- Most experts agree that this method of taking temperature is the least accurate.