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Thompson L. What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of temporal artery thermometers compared with infrared in-ear thermometers for temperature measurement in routine clinical practice? Glasgow: Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Technologies scoping report 11. 2012
Evidence from a range of adult and paediatric patient groups suggests that TAT is insufficiently accurate for clinical use in inpatient settings when compared with an appropriate gold standard. Where comparison was made with rectal temperature, most studies concluded that TAT was not sufficiently accurate for detection of fever measured by rectal temperature.
Six studies comparing both TAT and IRET with various reference standards in a range of patient groups have reported inconsistent results, with four studies favouring TAT. From the published literature, it is not possible to reach firm conclusions on the relative benefits and costs of TAT compared with IRET due to the degree of heterogeneity in the reference standards and patient groups, and the lack of information on safety and cost effectiveness.
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Body Temperatures; Temporal Arteries; Thermometers
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