tympanic thermometer

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an instrument for determining temperatures, in principle making use of a substance (such as alcohol or mercury) with a physical property that varies with temperature and is susceptible of measurement on some defined scale.
Temperatures on Celsius and Fahrenheit thermometers related to temperature ranges. From Elkin et al., 2000.
axilla thermometer a clinical thermometer that is placed in the axilla.
Celsius thermometer one that uses the Celsius scale.
centigrade thermometer one having the interval between two established reference points divided into 100 equal units, such as the Celsius thermometer.
clinical thermometer one used to determine the temperature of the human body.
electronic thermometer a clinical thermometer that uses a sensor based on thermistors, solid-state electronic devices whose electrical characteristics change with temperature. The reading is recorded within seconds, some having a red light or other device to indicate when maximum temperature is reached. Available models include hand-held, desk-top, and wall-mounted units, all having probes that are inserted orally or rectally.
Fahrenheit thermometer one that uses the Fahrenheit scale.
Kelvin thermometer one that uses the Kelvin scale.
oral thermometer a clinical thermometer whose mercury containing bulb is placed under the tongue.
recording thermometer a temperature-sensitive instrument by which the temperature to which it is exposed is continuously recorded.
rectal thermometer a clinical thermometer that is inserted in the rectum.
resistance thermometer one that uses the electric resistance of metals (thermocouple) to determine temperature.
self-registering thermometer
2. one that registers the maximum or minimum temperature attained in the measurement.
tympanic thermometer an electronic clinical thermometer that gives a digital reading in less than two seconds. Second-generation tympanic thermometers work by monitoring the temperature when the ear opening is sealed.

tym·pan·ic ther·mom·e·ter

(tim-pan'ik thĕr-mom'ĕ-tĕr)
An electronic thermometer that measures temperature by scanning the tympanic membrane.

tympanic thermometer

A thermometer that determines the temperature electronically by measuring it from the tympanic membrane of the ear.
See: ear thermometry; temperature, tympanic
See also: thermometer
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Multiple study findings have led to the recommendation that tympanic thermometers not be used routinely in pediatric or adult acute care due to poor agreement with reference standard temperature devices (Bridges & Thomas, 2009; Craig, Lancaster, Taylor, Williamson, & Smyth, 2002; Dew, 2010; Dodd, Lancaster, Craig, Smyth, & Williamson, 2006; Erickson & Meyer, 1994; Moran et al.
1,13,15 However, results of studies on the reliability of measurements from tympanic thermometer are contradictory.
The accuracy and reliability of tympanic thermometer compared to rectal and axillary sites in young children.
This testing is particularly important with the temporal artery thermometer because reliability was poor in the tympanic thermometer, which uses a similar technology to measure temperature.
Teaching of proper technique and correct seal of the tympanic thermometer is critical to obtain an accurate reading.
Household penetration of the tympanic thermometer is low, so Omron sees a chance to build its own sales without invading Thermoscan's turf.
The tympanic thermometer used was a Genius 2[TM] (Covidien; Mansfield, MA).
The effect of the probe design of infrared tympanic thermometers may be important in interpreting the results of this and other studies.
Thermoscan, the only manufacturer currently selling tympanic thermometers to the domestic market, had difficulties fulfilling orders last fall and early winter.
While the temperature differences observed in the current study with the disposable device and reference standard device were smaller than differences observed with the tympanic thermometer, those differences were statistically significant.
The accuracy of the infrared tympanic thermometer to detect fever was determined by sensitivity and specificity measures (see Box) using a 2 x 2 table (see Table 2).