Accuracy and reliability of temperature measurement by instrument and site

J Pediatr Nurs. 1994 Apr;9(2):114-23.


The accuracy and reliability of three instruments (IVAC, [IVAC Corp., San Diego, CA] TempaDOT [PyMaH Corp., Somerville, NJ], off-the-shelf glass) were determined at axillary, oral and rectal sites taken on children by experienced RNs given one of three levels of inservice education. TempaDOT was found to be the most clinically valid temperature measurement instrument for 502 children in this acute care setting.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Axilla*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / standards*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mouth*
  • Pediatric Nursing / education*
  • Rectum*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Thermometers / standards*