Skin surface temperature: a possible new outcome measure for skin and soft tissue infection.

@article{Montalto2013SkinST,
  title={Skin surface temperature: a possible new outcome measure for skin and soft tissue infection.},
  author={Michael Montalto and Fletcher Davies and Natalie Marijanovic and Andrew Meads},
  journal={Australian family physician},
  year={2013},
  volume={42 9},
  pages={653-7}
}
BACKGROUND This study describes the novel use of skin surface temperature to measure the severity and the response to treatment of skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI). METHODS Patients admitted with SSTI for intravenous antibiotic therapy. Skin temperature was measured daily at the point of maximum heat on the SSTI affected limb and the non-affected limb using a non-contact laser thermometer. FINDINGS Sixty-three patients were included. Mean length of stay was 4.95 days. The difference… CONTINUE READING