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Infrared Thermometers for Detecting Fever: Clinical Effectiveness

Last updated: October 17, 2014
Project Number: RA0705-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the accuracy of tympanic infrared thermometers for detecting febrile individuals?
  2. What is the accuracy of handheld infrared non-contact thermometers for detecting febrile individuals?
  3. What is the accuracy of thermal scanners for detecting febrile individuals?
  4. What is the comparative effectiveness of tympanic thermometers, handheld infrared thermometers, and thermal scanners for detecting febrile individuals?

Key Message

Three systematic reviews and 22 non-randomized studies regarding the accuracy of tympanic infrared thermometers, handheld infrared non-contact thermometers, or thermal scanners; and the comparative effectiveness of these modalities for detecting febrile individuals were identified.