Limited accuracy and reliability of infrared axillary and aural thermometers in a pediatric outpatient population.

@article{JeanMary2002LimitedAA,
  title={Limited accuracy and reliability of infrared axillary and aural thermometers in a pediatric outpatient population.},
  author={Molly B Jean-Mary and James Dicanzio and Judith A Shaw and Henry Hank Bernstein},
  journal={The Journal of pediatrics},
  year={2002},
  volume={141 5},
  pages={671-6}
}
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the accuracy and reliability of infrared axillary and aural thermometers in the outpatient setting. STUDY DESIGN A prospective observational study of infrared axillary, aural, and digital rectal temperature values from 198 children, aged 3 to 36 months (mean, 1.3 years). RESULTS Sensitivity and specificity of the axillary thermometer for rectal fever were 63.5% and 92.6%, respectively (diagnostic accuracy, 83.3%); those for the aural thermometer were 68.3% and 94.8… CONTINUE READING

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