J Pediatr Infect Dis 2019; 14(03): 121-126
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1677766
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

How Should We Measure Body Temperature in the Pediatric Emergency Department? Which One Is the Most Accurate?

Esra Türe
1  Department of Pediatric Emergency, Meram Medical Faculty, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
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Abdullah Yazar
1  Department of Pediatric Emergency, Meram Medical Faculty, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
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Publication History

20 June 2018

25 December 2018

Publication Date:
25 January 2019 (eFirst)

Abstract

The aim of this study is to evaluate temperature measurement methods in children. Body temperatures of 3 to 18 years old patients were measured with a tympanic infrared thermometer, a noncontact infrared skin thermometer and with a temporal artery thermometer. While the specificity of temporal artery and noncontact thermometers were good in determination of temperatures above 37.5°C, their sensitivities were low. Positive predictive value and negative predictive value for both thermometers were sufficient. Both specificity and sensitivity of both thermometers were determined to be good at temperature values above ≥ 38°C. It is thought that noncontact and temporal artery thermometers can be used for screening in pediatric emergency departments.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.