The case of the cold thermometers

Belinda Ostrowsky, Janis Ober, Richard Wenzel, Michael Edmond

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Abstract

Background: A temporal artery thermometer was introduced at our hospital. Immediately staff noted subnormal temperature readings. Methods: Three serial evaluations of patient temperatures were done: August 2000 (initial), September 2000 (posteducation), and December 2000 (after removal of temporal artery thermometer). Results: In the initial review. 89% of the readings were < 98.6°F. Comparison of the readings from the last and first surveys showed a statistical increase in the proportion of readings ≥100.0°F and decrease of readings < 98.6°F (P < .001). Conclusions: Our experience underscores the importance of performance data for quality monitoring of new products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Ostrowsky, B., Ober, J., Wenzel, R., & Edmond, M. (2003). The case of the cold thermometers. American Journal of Infection Control, 31(1), 57-59. https://doi.org/10.1067/mic.2003.10

The case of the cold thermometers. / Ostrowsky, Belinda; Ober, Janis; Wenzel, Richard; Edmond, Michael.

In: American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 31, No. 1, 02.2003, p. 57-59.

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Ostrowsky, B, Ober, J, Wenzel, R & Edmond, M 2003, 'The case of the cold thermometers', American Journal of Infection Control, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 57-59. https://doi.org/10.1067/mic.2003.10
Ostrowsky, Belinda ; Ober, Janis ; Wenzel, Richard ; Edmond, Michael. / The case of the cold thermometers. In: American Journal of Infection Control. 2003 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 57-59.
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