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Measuring temperature

04 June 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Temperature measurement is an essential clinical skill and is recognised as being an important indicator in assessing the course of an illness. This article...

Prevention of hypothermia

21 May 2009

Nursing Older People

Feature

This article examines normal thermoregulation and the changes in temperature control associated with the ageing process. Factors that influence hypothermia in older...

Is fever after infection part of the illness or the cure?

09 March 2012

Emergency Nurse

Feature

An increase in temperature above the normal range of 35.6°C-38.2°C (Ryan and Levy 2003) can indicate the presence of infection or sepsis. When the body detects...

Best practice in the measurement of body temperature

23 June 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

In the last two decades, there has been a significant change in the technology of clinical thermometry. Mercury-in-glass thermometers have been replaced with...

Nursing management of the patient with hypothermia

02 January 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and outlines its acute nursing management.

Tympanic thermometry–normal temperature and reliability

09 July 2009

Paediatric Nursing

A&S Science

Aim Clinical measurements such as temperature are commonly used for screening and diagnosis. However, little is known about the reliability of specific thermometers...

Physiology of fever

01 July 2007

Paediatric Nursing

CPD

Knowing how the body reacts to the presence of pathogens allows healthcare professionals to make informed decisions about what action to take in caring for the child...

Traceable calibration for blood pressure and temperature monitoring

22 November 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Blood pressure and body temperature measurements need to be accurate for correct diagnosis and monitoring. Instruments based on new technologies may not give...

Improving evidence-based care for patients with pyrexia

23 March 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Fever or pyrexia is a common clinical condition which nurses treat regularly. Fever and hyperpyrexia are defined in this article with a physiological explanation for...

Triad of death: the importance of temperature monitoring in trauma patients

Nursing Older People

evidence & practice

Multiple organ failure is a significant complication in traumatic injury, and can be exacerbated by a failure to adequately monitor and control trauma patients’ core...