How Do Non-Contact Thermometers Work ?

Today, modern non contact medical thermometers have evolved to such a degree that you no longer need to touch the skin of an individual to take their temperature. Traditional contact thermometers required the device to be placed against the skin, commonly in the ear, under the armpit, or in the mouth.

Although many of these contact devices are medically graded and therefore offer accuracy, these thermometers are not sanitary or safe, requiring probe covers in an attempt to control infection spread.

Essentially, non-contact medical thermometers measure infrared radiation from the forehead.
The technology used in medically graded non-contact thermometers is highly advanced, meaning that the devices can read temperatures accurately, quickly, and effectively when it is needed most. Ultimately this means that nurses and other healthcare professionals can provide efficient diagnoses in a fraction of the time.

Non-contact thermometers have been particularly important throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, helping to control the spread of the disease whilst providing accurate readings of people’s temperatures – one of the key symptoms of Coronavirus. In fact, sales of this non-invasive device skyrocketed during the pandemic as people looked to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

However, it’s worth noting that there are many cheap non-contact thermometers available in the market that are not medially graded and healthcare professionals should choose their device with caution following the recent warnings from the MHRA about the accuracy of non-contacts. Products used for screening purposes or home-use are not advised for use in the healthcare setting.

How to Work a Non-Contact Thermometer?

We always recommend that you read the non-contact thermometer instructions for use before operating the device.
When measuring an individual’s temperature, the non-contact thermometer should be aimed at the forehead, held around 3cm to 5cm away from the skin, pointed in a straight line. The temperature will be displayed on the thermometer screen, and anything over 38°C is considered high.

It’s important to note that body temperature is affected by different factors, therefore it’s vital to keep your method for measurement consistent.

Bear in mind that non-contact thermometers can differ from device to device so always check the instructions.

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Why Choose TRITEMP™ Non-Contact Thermometer?

With its advanced technology and accurate readings, there are multiple benefits to using TriMedika’s TRITEMP™ non-contact Thermometer. Trusted by healthcare providers across the world and already in use in over 500 hospitals including 150 NHS sites, the TRITEMP™ non-contact thermometer is leading the way in patient safety, infection control and sustainability.

TriMedika’s precision engineered device never touches the patient which delivers optimum infection control. No probe covers are required therefore it saves time and money, whilst providing a more sustainable option by eliminating the need for disposable plastics.

The technology used in TriMedika’s TRITEMP™ non-contact thermometer is highly advanced and is easy to use, converting infrared emissions to core body temperature in a matter of seconds.

The TRITEMP™ non-contact thermometer is extremely easy to use – simply tap and take. As leading experts in the field, the Trimedika team has harnessed the latest technology to develop its unique TRITEMP™ non-contact thermometer. Find out more about the device here or contact us today to discuss your needs.


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