Evaluation of temporal artery thermometry in children 3-36 months old

Janet K. Holzhauer, Vicky Reith, Kathleen J. Sawin, Kenneth Yen

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PURPOSE. This study aims to determine whether temporal artery (TA) thermometer readings are accurate and better tolerated than rectal readings in young children. DESIGN AND METHODS. Paired rectal and TA temperature readings and Face Legs Activity Cry and Consolability (FLACC) scores were obtained. RESULTS. TA thermometry failed to detect rectal fever (38°C or greater) in approximately 20% of paired temperature readings. FLACC scores were significantly lower after TA readings than after rectal readings. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. This study questions TA readings as an accurate substitute for rectal thermometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009


  • FLACC Scale
  • Nursing assessment
  • Nursing care
  • Pediatric
  • Rectal temperature
  • Temporal artery temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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