A temporal artery thermometer uses infrared light to measure a person's temperature. To use the device, one scans the thermometer over the temple of the person with the fever. The thermometer then uses an infrared light to read the temperature of the skin over an artery located in the temple. The handset has an electronic window that displays the temperature. These thermometers read the person's temperature very quickly and are usually pretty accurate. These, too would be great for babies and children. However, cost can be a concern.
Infrared forehead thermometer strips can cost from $9.95 United Stated Dollars (USD) up to $600 USD per box. The cost depends on the number of strips, manufacturer, and accuracy of the product. Infrared forehead thermometers can cost between $30 USD and $150 USD. Be sure to think about who will be using the thermometer and the accuracy that is needed when deciding on a product.
Whether using a liquid crystal forehead thermometer or an infrared scan forehead thermometer, children as well as others will appreciate the comfort and convenience of this technology. They decrease the stress placed on a patient, especially children, when taking their temperature. Each type has its pros and cons, so be sure to research each one before buying to ensure the product meets the needs of the patient.