Cutaneous Infrared Thermometry for Detecting Febrile Patients

@article{Hausfater2008CutaneousIT,
  title={Cutaneous Infrared Thermometry for Detecting Febrile Patients },
  author={Pierre Hausfater and Yan Zhao and St{\'e}phanie Defrenne and Pascale Bonnet and Bruno Riou},
  journal={Emerging Infectious Diseases},
  year={2008},
  volume={14},
  pages={1255 - 1258}
}
We assessed the accuracy of cutaneous infrared thermometry, which measures temperature on the forehead, for detecting patients with fever in patients admitted to an emergency department. Although negative predictive value was excellent (0.99), positive predictive value was low (0.10). Therefore, we question mass detection of febrile patients by using this method. 

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