Non-contact infrared thermometers for measuring body temperature in acutely ill children: a method comparison study

Bibliographic record of a health technology assessment undertaken by a member of INAHTA*


Nonthermofocus-contact infrared thermometers for measuring body temperature in acutely ill children: a method comparison study. Health Technology Assessment

Authors’ objectives

Fever in young children is very common, and doctors measure a child’s temperature to help them decide whether the child can be kept at home or needs to go in to hospital. National guidelines recommend measuring temperature whenever a child is ill using a digital thermometer in the armpit or an infrared thermometer in the ear.

However, both of these types of thermometers can be difficult to use in unwell children who are not cooperating with the doctor.

A new type of thermometer, the non-contact infrared thermometer, can measure temperature very quickly without touching the child. However, a recent review found that at present there is not enough research evidence to recommend their widespread use.

In this study we aim to assess whether non-contact thermometers are as good at measuring temperature as digital armpit or infrared ear thermometers.

We will also compare their ability to detect a fever and the number of times they fail to work (either because the child won’t cooperate or the device doesn’t work) with these standard types.

We will ask parents and children what they think about the different types of thermometers, and interview some parents in more detail about this. We will see whether non-contact thermometers produce similar results when the measurement is repeated in the same child.

Since some non-contact thermometers are much more expensive than others, we will assess two brands:Read ore at the link below.

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