Non-contact Thermometers


Anyone have experience with these? They are listed in my preferred vendor catalog for $50 to $100. A special ed teacher is asking because her students aren't always cooperative with oral. (we have a sure temp digital)


Flare, ASN, BSN

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i have a thermo focus in my office that i don't use. it seems to work ok, but feels cumbersome for me to use. i like my tympanic welch allyn

Purple_Scrubs, BSN, RN

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I have a thermofocus as well, and I have found it somewhat unreliable. When I use if for my special ed or PK kiddos who cannot or will not use oral, I generally add a degree to whatever the readout says, like you would with axillary. I often will double check with the Welch Allen via axillary as well if I suspect a low reading.


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I have a VeraTemp that I rarely use. I only use it as a last resort on those who I cannot get a temp orally. I find that I need to add a degree also.


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I have a FeverWatch Infared thermometer: FeverWatch Professional Clinical Non-contact Infrared Thermometer - Forehead: Health & Personal Care (is it okay to post links?)

It has been useful to have a quick way to scan a ton of kids (when I need to check a kid in preschool I usually get a line of other kids from the class to want to "go beep", which, with this quicko one is fine and then I get to make a big deal out of how "strong and healthy" all the kids are (this is to balance the preschoolers who have begun to feel like they should instantly c/0 stomach pain when they see me!)

Anyway, super convenient. I have some qualms about it's accuracy and will recheck axillary if I get a reading I'm not sure about. Wish it was small enough to fit in my lab coat pocket.

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We just use the tempadot single use thermometers. No batteries, no worrying about probe covers, etc...