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Learn more about taking temperatures using a variety of thermometers and expected ranges.

Taking Temperatures

Level Up RN. (2022, March 29). Temperature: Vital signs-clinical skills [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/xHEahCvTjFU?si=EGSoOIJ570Z3rw-g

TemperaturE [4:54]

TemperaturE Methods & Expected Values

Oral

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Rectal

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Axillary

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Tympanic

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Temporal

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Temperature Methods & Expected values

Axillary Thermometer

  • Range - 97.8°F (36.6° C) to 99.5° F (37.5°C)
  • Preferred method for infants and children under 4

Temporal Temperature

  • Range - 97.8°F (36.6° C) to 100.4° F (38°C)
  • Measures arterial blood temperature

Oral Temperature

  • Can be used on adults and children over 4
  • Adults: normal range - 97°F (36.1° C) to 99° F (37.2°C)
  • Children: normal range - 97°F (36.1° C) to 100° F (37.8°C)
  • More accurate

Rectal Temperature

  • Preferred method for infants and children under 4
  • Normal range - 97.8°F (36.6° C) to 100.4° F (378°C)
  • More accurate

Tympanic Temperature

  • Range - 96.4°F (35.8° C) to 100.4° F (38°C)
  • Not used on children under 2 because of narrow ear canal
  • Used for screening, less accurate