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Comparison between rectal and infrared skin temperature in the newborn
  1. Mario De Curtis1,
  2. Flaminia Calzolari1,
  3. Alessandra Marciano1,
  4. Viviana Cardilli1,
  5. Gianvincenzo Barba2
  1. 1
    Dipartimento di Scienze Ginecologiche, Perinatologia, Puericultura, Universitè di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy
  2. 2
    Institute of Food Sciences, CNR, Avellino, Italy
  1. Professor Mario De Curtis, Dipartimento di Scienze Ginecologiche, Perinatologia, Puericultura, Universitè di Roma “La Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Roma; mario.decurtis{at}uniroma.it

Abstract

The reliability of measurement of body temperature using a new infrared skin thermometer was evaluated in 107 newborns. The use of the device was associated with low operator-related variability and acceptable limits of agreement with the temperature measured with a rectal mercury thermometer. Use of the infrared skin thermometer is a comfortable and reliable way of measurement of body temperature in newborns.

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  • Funding: This study was not supported by any funds or other forms of personal institutional financing from company producing the thermometer.

  • Competing interests: None.

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