Comparison of Temporal Artery and Axillary Temperatures in Healthy Newborns

Lisa Haddad, Sarah Smith, Kenneth D. Phillips, Robert Heidel

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Objective: To compare temperature readings of temporal artery and axillary thermometers in healthy late preterm and term infants in an effort to standardize practice. Design: Descriptive comparative. Setting: Thirty-bed, healthy mother/baby unit in an inner-city Level-1 trauma center, averaging 2,500 births per year. Participants: Healthy newborns (N = 125) admitted to mother/baby unit after birth, at least 35 weeks gestation, and weighing greater than 1,900 grams. methods: temperatures were taken at regular intervals per unit protocol. at each interval temporal and axillary temperatures were recorded. results: temporal temperatures were significantly higher (m = 36.9°c, sd = .59) than axillary temperatures (m = 36.7°c, sd = .68), t(124) = 6.74, p < .0001. although statistical significance was shown between the two groups, no meaningful clinical difference was detected. conclusion: our study findings supported a new nursing practice standard for measuring infant temperatures in our mother/baby unit. using temporal artery thermometers is now our unit's standard of care for healthy newborns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Temporal Arteries
Newborn Infant
Temperature
Thermometers
Mothers
Parturition
Trauma Centers
Standard of Care
Premature Infants
Reading
Healthy Volunteers
Nursing
Pregnancy

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  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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Comparison of Temporal Artery and Axillary Temperatures in Healthy Newborns. / Haddad, Lisa; Smith, Sarah; Phillips, Kenneth D.; Heidel, Robert.

In: JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, Vol. 41, No. 3, 01.01.2012, p. 383-388.

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