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Peripheral thermometers: Not so hot for detecting fever

KEY POINT

Peripheral thermometers, such as tympanic membrane, temporal artery, axillary, or oral thermometers, lack clinical accuracy and should not be used when precise measurement of core body temperature will influence clinical decisions, according to results of a new systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

SOURCES

Niven DJ et al. Accuracy of peripheral thermometers for estimating temperature: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:768–77.

Wyckoff AS. Thermometer use 101. Accessed December 7, 2015.