Current practice and knowledge of nurses regarding patient temperature measurement

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid


BACKGROUND: The measurement of patient temperature by nursing staff is a common activity. In recent years this area of practice has been largely under-investigated despite the introduction of new technologies into clinical practice, such as infrared tympanic thermometry (IRTT).

STUDY AIM: To investigate current practice in clinical temperature measurement in general, and the use of IRTT in particular by nursing staff.

SAMPLE AND METHODS: 139 nursing staff from a general hospital in the UK were surveyed via a self-administered questionnaire.

MAIN FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: The group most involved in temperature measurement was characterized as nursing auxiliary grades with the fewest years of experience. IRTT was the most frequently-used method for measuring patient temperatures, with high perceived accuracy, reliability, ease of use and acceptability to patients. A poor level of understanding and training in the use of IRTT was revealed across all clinical grades. Recommendations for future investigations are made.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)218-23
Nifer y tudalennau6
CyfnodolynJournal of Medical Engineering and Technology
Rhif cyhoeddi4
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 26 Gorff 2006

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