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Measuring Body Temperature
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Test to be performed - Measuring axillary body temperature

Equipment - Traditional mercury-filled or digital thermometer

Testing procedures

  1. Axillary temperature can be taken by placing a thermometer in the axillary region.
  2. 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.
  3. Document your findings.

Clinical notes

  • 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.
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