Importance of temperature measurement?
- Evaluation of body temperature is one of the oldest known diagnostic methods and is still an important sign of health and disease, both in everyday life and in medical care
- Accurate temperature measurement is critically important
- Particularly in neonates and immune compromised children whom suspicion of infection could result in investigations
- Treatment and even hospitalization.
- Consequently, inaccurate body temperature measurement may result in patients remain undiagnosed and untreated, or receiving unnecessary or inappropriate intervention.
Why NIO - Non Contact Infrared Thermometer?
- The Nio Thermometer measures a patient’s temperature using infrared readings of the heat emitted at the skin surface over the temporal artery.
- Its accuracy is equivalent to pulmonary artery and rectal temperature assessment methods
- Further, similar to pulmonary artery temperature
- The Temporal Scanner identifies changes in your patient’s temperature faster than rectal measurements and with more reliability than axillary measurements.
How It Works - Non Contact Infrared Thermometer?
- Infrared thermometers, also called tympanic thermometers
- Detect infrared energy emanating from the ear canal and tympanic membrane
- Often a large number of measurements are performed rapidly to calculate the temperature in the auditory canal
- The tympanic membrane was initially adopted as a measurement site because its blood supply from the internal carotid artery was thought to reflect the temperature at the hypothalamus, which regulates body temperature
- However, the blood supply is more complex than this, as the external carotid artery also supplies the tympanic membrane
- Further, the mechanism by which temperature is controlled is not necessarily related to the temperature of the hypothalamus.