The temperature measurement of a newborn baby is vital in assessing development and can be an early indicator of potential problems. Babies cannot verbally communicate their need for medical assistance, so accurate vital signs monitoring is essential. This is especially important for Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) or Special Care Baby Units (SCBU) where the newborns require higher levels of care; they are amongst the most fragile and vulnerable patients in any hospital.
A Thermometer Designed for Baby’s Comfort
Traditional forms of temperature measurement in hospitals (e.g. axilla, oral, rectal etc.) require the baby to be moved, undressed or wakened. Often these methods are invasive which may cause the baby to experience a high level of discomfort or even pain. Undressing the baby can also affect the baby’s temperature which can be critical to recovery.
When selecting a new thermometer, consider using a non-invasive device, such as TRITEMP™ non-contact infrared thermometer. TRITEMP™ ensures there is zero contact with the baby when taking temperature. TRITEMP™ also has a “silent mode” which minimises beeping sounds that may disturb the baby.
The TRITEMP™ can be stored in the incubator alongside the baby. This allows the thermometer to be equilibrated to the ambient temperature, and removes the need to remove the baby from the incubator. Please check the Instructions for Use for Information on humidity and equilibration.
A Thermometer for Babies Which Maximises Infection Control
Most traditional methods of temperature measurement involve making contact with the baby. Physical contact is one of the most common causes of infection spread, therefore every point of contact could risk cross-infection through transmission. Healthcare Professionals must ensure standard infection control procedures are followed to minimise infection spread. This is particularly important when working with patients with weakened immune systems – such as neonates.
One way to achieve this is to minimise the contact babies have with medical equipment. By switching to non-contact thermometers your ward can remove an unnecessary contact point and remove the risk of cross infection by thermometers. TRITEMP™ offers zero contact and therefore reduces risk of cross infection. Furthermore, as TRITEMP™ requires zero consumables, clinical waste and infection risk from waste is reduced.
More Time to Care
Some commonly used hospital contact thermometers can take anywhere from 1-3 minutes to obtain an accurate reading? That does not include the time nurses take to ensure the thermometer is positioned correctly or to find and replace probe covers.
TRITEMP™ offers a time saving solution, which increases workflow efficiencies and releases time to care. With the simple TAP & TAKE technique, you can obtain accurate core body temperature measurements in seconds! Used in Neonatal wards across the globe, TRITEMP™ offers medical grade technology that is designed around patient safety and comfort as well as nurse ease of use.
What is the Best Type of Thermometer for a Baby?
Taking readings in seconds, the TRITEMP™ non-contact thermometer is the baby thermometer of choice in many neonatal wards across the world. TRITEMP™ takes temperature without having to cause discomfort by undressing or moving the baby. No need to touch the baby, ensuring infection spread is minimal.
Is an Ear or Forehead Thermometer Better for Babies?
The TRITEMP™ thermometer is accurate for babies, including neonates and also for pediatrics. TRITEMP™ provides accurate core temperature readings in seconds. The TRITEMP™ is designed for medical settings with a high degree of accuracy.