Letters Medical devices

Inaccuracy of forehead thermometers

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1747 (Published 28 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1747
  1. Gervase Vernon, general practitioner1
  1. 1John Tasker House Surgery, Dunmow CM6 1BH, UK
  1. gvernon{at}nhs.net

I wish to alert readers, both hospital doctors and general practitioners, to the increasing use of forehead thermometers in hospitals in the UK.1 These thermometers are bought because, not needing probe covers, they are cheaper. No formal health technology assessment of these devices has been performed, in the UK or elsewhere. A 2011 systematic review of …

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