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Infrared Tympanic Thermometers for Measurement of Temperature in Adults and Children: Clinical Effectiveness, Diagnostic Accuracy, and Guidelines

Last updated: April 10, 2019
Project Number: RB1321-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of infrared tympanic thermometers compared with electronic oral or temporal thermometers?
  2. What is the diagnostic accuracy of infrared tympanic thermometers compared with electronic oral or temporal thermometers?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding thermometry using infrared tympanic thermometers, electronic oral thermometers, or temporal thermometers?

Key Message

Two non-randomized studies were identified regarding the clinical effectiveness and diagnostic accuracy of infrared tympanic thermomters for the measurement of temperature in adults and children. In addition, one evidence-based guideline was identified regarding infrared tympanic thermometers for the measurement of temperature in adults and children.