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Temperature checking 101

Last Modified: 3/17/2020

Nicole Hartman, MSN, APRN, NP-C, Parkview Infectious Diseases, walks us through the various means of taking one’s temperature, including orally (by mouth), rectally (in a child’s bottom), axillary (under the armpit), tympanic (in the ear) and temporal (scanning the forehead). Discover the most accurate method, the things that can alter your reading, how to keep the device clean and why the elderly can’t always depend on the number on their thermometer

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