Accuracy of Taking Temperatures Tympanically Introduction Tympanic temperature readings are satisfactory for certain situations but not for the vast majority of nursing encounters. Measures of temperature have to be accurate and are critical in the assessment and management of patients in acute care. The question underlying the literature review concerns just how accurate tympanic thermometers might be. Not every type of thermometer has the same level of accuracy. Nursing is a profession which strongly emphasizes best evidence and best practice so that a review of the evidence is essential. Among the issues associated with tympanic thermometers is the site, which refers to the type of unit and the anatomy of the patient. Another issue...The end:
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