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Thermometer Use for Febrile Pediatric Patients: Clinical Effectiveness, Accuracy, and Guidelines

Last updated: January 19, 2018
Project Number: RB1183-000
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 temporal artery thermometers with tympanic, rectal, or axillary thermometers in febrile pediatric patients two years of age and older and in patients younger than two years of age?
  2. What is the comparative accuracy of temporal artery, tympanic, rectal, or axillary thermometers in febrile pediatric patients two years of age and older and in patients younger than two years of age?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with the use of temporal artery, tympanic, rectal, or axillary thermometers in febrile pediatric patients two years of age and older and in patients younger than two years of age?

Key Message

Five non-randomized studies were identified regarding the comparative clinical effectiveness or the comparative accuracy of temporal artery, tympanic, rectal, or axillary thermometers in febrile pediatric patients two years of age and older and in patients younger than two years of age. Additionally, two evidence-based guidelines were identified.