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Comparison of temporal artery and axillary temperatures in healthy newborns.
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PMID:  22834884     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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.
Lisa Haddad; Sarah Smith; Kenneth D Phillips; R Eric Heidel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1552-6909     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  383-8     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
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