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Rectal thermometer should be used for accurate temperature reading, analysis finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6125 (Published 17 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6125
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Most of the commonly used peripheral thermometers—those that are used under the arm or orally—do not accurately measure body temperature, a meta-analysis published in Annals of Internal Medicine has found.1 At extremes of body temperature, peripheral temperature measurements may be as much as 1-2°C higher or lower than actual body temperature, the study found.

The Canadian researchers said that doctors should consider using a central thermometer when the …

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