WATERTOWN, Mass., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Measuring the body temperatures of newborns with temporal artery thermometry (forehead scanning) provides readings comparable to results obtained by axillary (under arm) thermometry, the clinically recommended method for this patient population, but causes less discomfort, according to a new study reported in Advances in Neonatal Care.
The study(1), the first published clinical analysis evaluating the accuracy of temporal artery thermometry in neonates, compared the accuracy of temporal artery and axillary temperature readings as well as the discomfort level of newborns while obtaining the temperature readings. The sample included stable, mostly normothermic newborns with a gestational age between 32 and 40 weeks at birth hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Rectal thermometry was used as the reference.
Researchers noted that axillary temperatures measured with an electronic thermometer probe are difficult to obtain without disturbing newborns, such disturbances causing increased respiratory and heart rates and lower oxygen saturation. During the study, measurements taken using temporal artery thermometry resulted in a statistically significant improvement in comfort scores.
An excerpt from the published study confirms this: "Neonates experienced less discomfort with the temporal artery thermometer than with the axillary thermometer method." In addition, the authors stated: "The statistical equivalency of the temporal artery and axillary temperatures, coupled with less discomfort to the neonate during temporal artery device use, makes the temporal artery thermometer an attractive alternative for temperature monitoring in neonates."
"This independent research validates our findings about the usefulness of temporal artery thermometry," said Francesco Pompei, Ph.D., CEO of Exergen Corp. "Exergen's patented TemporalScanner™ Therm