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Need organizational protocol or guideline for Pediatric Temperature routes

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Hey guys...

I've been reading this board for the past two years, but this is the first time I've posted...

I'm in my last semester of Nursing school (YEAH!!!) with 4 weeks to go. I am doing my FINAL paper of nursing school. It's an Evidenced Based Practice paper and I'm doing it on Rectal Temperatures as the gold standard. I did my summer externship in a local children's hospital E.D. where rectal temps were done on all children under three years of age.

I chose this topic because I wanted to find the true research on it and be able to educate parents on the true facts after I graduate.

Anyway, I have found a ton of articles on the various routes and what's good and what's not good. What I'm having a problem finding is any protocols or guidelines by national organizations that state... "Do it this route." I have been looking for the past two days for this and cannot find anything. I did find a magazine that the American Academy of Pediatrics puts out (Healthy Children) that states that Rectal method is preferred. I have emailed my clinical instructor to see if this is acceptable as a source. I already have my research article source and my second source... just wanted to get a protocol or guideline from an authority that was simply a protocol and NOT a research study...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

steve