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Friday, December 17, 2010

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer Review

Product: Exergen Temporal Thermometer
Category: Home, Health, Adults
Price: around $30.00

It's that time of year when the flu becomes lonely and searches out playmates. Unfortunately, it usually finds a playmate in our children or in the elderly populations, and creates havoc on a household in a matter of days. When our loved ones are ill, there isn't anything we wouldn't do to make them feel better. The best treatment is prevention. If you have a young child, an elderly family member or someone in your household with a weakened immune system, check to see if they are eligible to receive a yearly flu vaccination. It might not stop a flu from invading, but it has been reported that the shot does lessen the severity of the cycle--meaning your loved one will start to feel better, sooner.

The hardest part about being sick is the healing part. The constant temperature measuring, fluid drinking and medicine often makes it hard to do what you need to do most--REST! Yet, a newly designed product may make this task a little easier. Remember the days of attempting to get a temperature from your child? The challenges begin soon after birth as we are presented with the "best options" for getting an accurate reading. Doctors suggest many techniques for obtaining the temperature of your sick loved one, with the most common being the Oral, Rectal, Tympanic or Axillary methods. Lots of products on the market attempted to make this task easier. Remember the forehead temperature strip or the pacifer with the built in thermometer? Sometimes these options worked, but other times, the reading was so inaccurate that you weren't satisfied with the reading, however, you could never accurately read the mercury thermometers unless you could hold it just right into the light and only after three people attempted to read it did you have a fair estimate of the temperature. Introducing the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer!!!

The Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is an infrared thermometer which reads a temperature in as little as two seconds by a simple swipe across the forehead.

How To Take A Temperature:

  • Remove protective cap. (trust me, you will attempt at some point to take someone's temp before removing the cap. Your error will result in a low reading)
  • Position the probe flat on the forehead, midway between the eyebrow and the hairline
  • Press and hold the SCAN button
  • Slide the thermometer across forehead.  Make sure the probe stays flush with the skin.
  • The unit will beep, letting you know it is reading the temperature. 
  • When you reach the hairline, lift the device from the forehead.
  • Read the results.
  • Replace protective cover.
  • (it can also be used to scan behind the ear if your loved one is experiencing sweating, injury or etc that would contraindicate a temporal reading)
Simple as that! It's perfect to use on children as they often can not hold a traditional digital thermometer under their tongue and other methods for gaining a reading are very invasive. Combine that with a child who is feeling less than stellar and it results in unnecessary fretting. With the Exergen Thermometer, taking a temperature can be done in the least invasive way, even if your child is asleep!! Perfect for infants! 

You can rest assured that the reading is accurate as the Exergen thermometer is tested six times for accuracy during manufacturing, and is shown to be accurate to within +0.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The thermometer works by measuring the amount of heat emitted from the skin at the location of the temporal artery. The device takes 1,000 readings per second as it scans across the forehead and displays the most accurate of those readings. This assures an accurate reading! It even comes with a one year warranty!

My Experience: The first person I had the unfortunate opportunity to test this on was my husband. He rarely gets sick, but when he does, it hits him hard. One night he was feeling a bit under the weather. Everyone he worked with was getting sick and he was afraid he would be next. I was busy cooking supper when he asked me to bring him the Exergen thermometer. I handed it to him but didn't have time to check to see if he had a fever and when I came back into the room he stated "I already did it". I asked him what it read, which he responds "94.5". Huh? That's low considering normal is about 98.6. I take it from him and do a reading. I get "92.5". Okay, something isn't right. I start to do it again when I notice that the thermometer isn't gently gliding across his forehead, but sort of dragging. I take it and look at it close and VIOLA--he hadn't taken the protective cap off. So, I take it off and try again. It read 98.7....so luckily, he wasn't running fever, although it did take a few days before he started feeling up to par again. The device is so simple to use (once the cap is removed...lol) and I loved that it was so quick! I found that I had to practice getting it lay flush with the skin, but once I got the hang of it, I haven't had a problem. This is definitely a product you don't think about until you need it. Don't wait until then. I give this product two thumbs up and recommend anyone to purchase this for home use as it will truly give you ease of mind when you need it most! Or...alert you to when your loved one may need extra care. The price is reasonable considering you don't need to purchase any other products to go with it! Clean up is a breeze and the battery is exchangeable, making this a product that will last for years to come!

Where to Purchase: Available online and through retailers such as Toys R Us, Costco, Babies R Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and more. 


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