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How to Take a Temperature: Under Arm, Oral, Ear, Rectum, Skin, Temporal

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How to take a temperature in nursing using different types of thermometers: Nurse shows how to take a temperature in 6 different ways: -How to take a temperature under the arm (Axillary - armpit); -How to take a temperature orally (mouth); -How to take a temperature in ear (tympanic), -How to take a temperature on the skin; -How to take a temperature rectal (rectum); -How to take a temperature over the temporal artery location on the forehead. There are many different types of thermometers: glass (analog) thermometers that are filled with liquid (formerly mercury but now other metals), digital probe thermometers, infrared thermometers, and more. Glass thermometers are rarely used in a healthcare setting due to the risk of breakage, but they are still relatively popular for home use. This tutorial will show you how to use and read a glass thermometer, in addition to other types. There are also many different routes you can use to take a temperature: The most common include rectum, mouth, armpit, skin, temporal artery (forehead), and ear (tympanic). According to most experts, the rectum offers the most accurate reading. The armpit and skin offer the least accurate readings. The average body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit can be considered a fever in both adults and children. Taking a person's temperature is something you not only do at home when you're sick, but nurses also perform this task on the job. Before taking a temperature as a nurse, you always want to perform hand hygiene, don gloves (if you will touch the mouth or rectum), clean the thermometer per the protocols in your healthcare facility (soap and water and/or an alcohol pad), and add a thermometer probe cover for added protection. If checking a temperature orally, ensure that the patient hasn't consumed food or beverages and if they have wait 15 minutes to take the temperature, as this can distort the temperature. When finished, always discard the thermometer probe cover, doff your gloves, perform hand hygiene, and document the temperature AND the route used (oral, axillary, rectum, etc.). Notes: http://www.registerednursern.com/take-temperature-6-different-ways/ Our Nursing Gear: https://teespring.com/stores/registerednursern Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RegisteredNurseRNs Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/registerednursern_com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NursesRN #nurse #nursing #howtotakeatemperature #bodytemperature #nursingskills Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=registerednursern Nursing School Supplies: http://www.registerednursern.com/the-ultimate-list-of-nursing-medical-supplies-and-items-a-new-nurse-student-nurse-needs-to-buy/ Visit our website RegisteredNurseRN.com for free quizzes, nursing care plans, salary information, job search, and much more: http://www.registerednursern.com Check out other Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/RegisteredNurseRN/videos All of our videos in a playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAhHxt663pU&list=PLQrdx7rRsKfXMveRcN4df0bad3ugEaQnk Popular Playlists: NCLEX Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfWtwCDmLHyX2UeHofCIcgo0 Fluid & Electrolytes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfWJSZ9pL8L3Q1dzdlxUzeKv Nursing Skills: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfUhd_qQYEbp0Eab3uUKhgKb Nursing School Study Tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfWBO40qeDmmaMwMHJEWc9Ms Nursing School Tips & Questions" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfVQok-t1X5ZMGgQr3IMBY9M Teaching Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfUkW_DpJekN_Y0lFkVNFyVF Types of Nursing Specialties: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfW8dRD72gUFa5W7XdfoxArp Healthcare Salary Information: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfVN0vmEP59Tx2bIaB_3Qhdh New Nurse Tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfVTqH6LIoAD2zROuzX9GXZy Nursing Career Help: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfVXjptWyvj2sx1k1587B_pj EKG Teaching Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfU-A9UTclI0tOYrNJ1N5SNt Dosage & Calculations for Nurses: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfUYdl0TZQ0Tc2-hLlXlHNXq Diabetes Health Managment: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrdx7rRsKfXtEx17D7zC1efmWIX-iIs9
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RegisteredNurseRN (7 months ago)
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محمد زعو (3 months ago)
Thank you for video
Bianca Bo Peep (3 months ago)
Hi! Freshman nursing student here. In our country, we don't recommend the use of glass thermometers (the one with the mercury) because you are right- it may break and further cause harm to the patient. Digital thermometers are better to use! :)
UrGurl Riche (4 months ago)
Very informative video,keep it up x
kiki lau (4 months ago)
Tiesha Milay (5 months ago)
I loved this video. Great for me preparing myself for nursing school this spring
Mark Love (6 months ago)
Hello, thank you for the lecture .
Samantha Pierre (7 months ago)
Hi Sarah, absolutely love your videos. Can you make a video on hemodynamics monitoring with shocks and stage of shocks. Your video always help me solidify and understand the lecture much better. Thank you.
blackbutterfly233ify (7 months ago)
wow thank you this video came at the perfect time. I'm in medical assisting school and we are learning vital signs
Leah Aguihap (7 months ago)
hi sarah, please discuss more leadership, management and legalities thank you so much, love watching your videos. RN Here from the Philippines, will be taking NCLEX soon.
melissa rodriguez (7 months ago)
Hi. I thought it was for patients 3 years or younger that you pull down and back.
RegisteredNurseRN (7 months ago)
Hello, Melissa. The purpose of pulling the ear down and back is to straighten the ear canal so that you can get the most accurate reading possible. This age range is not set in stone, and some sources will recommend to pull down and back vs up and back at different ages. However, 12 months or less is the most common protocol, based on several sources. Nevertheless, we always recommend you follow the protocols of your healthcare facility or state. Sources: http://ftp.collin.edu/lcorrea/Department%20of%20Biology%20Page/Anatomy%20&%20Physiology/A&P%20I%20Nervous%20System%20-%20Special%20Senses/HOW%20TO%20USE%20AN%20OTOSCOPE.pdf https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/health-wellness-and-safety-resources/helping-hands/temperature-oral-rectal-tympanic-and-axillary-using-digital-thermometers
Stephanie Ulett (7 months ago)
Hi😃 your videos are amazing !! I had a question do you still allow us to download free notes different subjects ? Thank you soooo much
MiMi Butterfly (7 months ago)
Adrienne Adrienne (7 months ago)
Thank you so much... you are the best teacher... very thankful for you!!!!!
lauren b (7 months ago)
can you do a video on ventilators cpap and bipap
J M (7 months ago)
Thank you for being so clear
Coco the Pug! (7 months ago)
My colleague calls the temporal artery thermometer the "random number generator" 😂!!!! We've found it to be very inconsistent. There are also temperature probing bladder catheters that give a good core temperature. The only time I've seen the glass thermometer highly used was in underdeveloped countries. Then soaked in disinfectant. Well done Sarah! - Nurse Stefan💕
Coco the Pug! (7 months ago)
I forgot to mention the Swan-Ganz Catheter and esophageal temperature. Much more invasive however! 😱

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