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

Equipment - Tympanic digital thermometer

Testing procedures

  1. Place the tympanic digital device in the external auditory canal with the probe aimed at the tympanic membrane.
  2. Wait 2-3 seconds until the digital reading occurs or the digital beep sounds. 
  3. Document your findings.

Clinical notes

  • A tympanic digital thermometer will quickly measure the temperature of the ear drum, which reflects the body’s core temperature.
  • The core temperature can be 1.4°F (0.8°C) higher than oral measurements. Cerumen (ear wax) impaction can affect tympanic temperature values by as much as 0.3 °F lower than the unobstructed ear.
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