Comparison of the accuracy of body temperature measurements with temporal artery thermometer and axillary mercury thermometer in term newborns

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Markus Gunawan
Soetjiningsih Soetjiningsih
I Made Kardana


Background Rectal mercury thermometer (RT) has been
considered to be a clinical thermometer that measures body
temperature close to core temperature. Unfortunately it is relatively
uncomfortable to the patient. Axillary mercury thermometer (AT)
is a relatively safe method, but time consuming and its accuracy
has been questioned. Temporal artery thermometer (TAT) is
relatively a new method that can measure body temperature
faster, and well tolerated.
Objective To compare the accuracy of temperature measurement
between TAT and AT in neonates.
Methods Cross-sectional analytic study was conducted at
Neonatology Division at Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar. Every healthy
term newborn who met the criteria were measured their body
temperature by using three kinds of thermometer consecutively. The
limits of agreement, correlation and linear regression analysis were
done to find TAT and AT’s agreement and correlation to RT.
Results One hundred and thirty four newborns were enrolled
in this study. TAT had a better agreement to RT with the mean
and RT with correlation coefficient 􀁕􀀃􀀠􀀃􀀓􀀑􀀛􀀚􀀃􀀋􀁓􀀟􀀓􀀑􀀓􀀓􀀔􀀌􀀏􀀃􀁌􀁑􀁗􀁈􀁕􀁆􀁈􀁓􀁗􀀃
Conclusion TAT is more accurate than AT for body temperature
measurement in the healthy term newborns. [Paediatr Indones.

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Gunawan M, Soetjiningsih S, Kardana IM. Comparison of the accuracy of body temperature measurements with temporal artery thermometer and axillary mercury thermometer in term newborns. PI [Internet]. 30Apr.2010 [cited 27Feb.2020];50(2):67-2. Available from:
Received 2016-08-16
Accepted 2016-08-16
Published 2010-04-30


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