Checking a patient’s temperature is one of the first things you take care of. Keeping up with a fever is a basic requirement and it should be done properly. It only takes a thermometer and a couple of minuets. But wouldn’t it make your life easier if it took only seconds?
There are some interesting developments in thermometry. The mercury-based thermometers that our moms used during our childhood were found to be too risky and mercury was replaced with other heat sensitive materials or digital thermometers. Although temperatures are still taken in the old fashioned way (oral, rectal or under the arm), new thermometers came to market which only require a gentle stroke on the forehead. The Exergen TemporalScanner Thermometer for example, is a totally non-invasive system with advanced infrared technology providing maximum ease of use with quick, consistently accurate measurements. It captures naturally emitted heat from the skin above the temporal artery 1,000 times a second, and then gives a reading of the most accurate temperature. As one may imagine, moms are also thrilled to now be able to take their young child or infant’s temperature while they sleep.