Temperature

Introduction to parameter

Your Temperature is a good indicator of your health.
 
The normal Temperature range for adults is between 36.1 and 37.2 degrees Celsius.
 
Note that your Temperature will vary slightly throughout the day.
 
It is a good idea to take your Temperature a couple of times when you feel well so that
you know your own normal body temperature.
 
Above 38 degrees is considered high and is sometimes called a fever.

Equipment

You will need a digital thermometer to measure your Temperature. Some are designed to be used in the mouth, under the arm or rectally. Others are designed for use in the ear. Non-contact, infra-red thermometers are used by pointing at the forehead.

Do not use a glass thermometer or a forehead strip. Glass thermometers can be dangerous and forehead strips are not accurate.

Before taking the measurement, you should familiarise yourself with the instruction manual that comes with your device.

Preparation

Clean the thermometer before use and again after use. Clean ONLY the tip of the
thermometer with cold water and soap, then rinse it, or alternatively you can use
an alcohol wipe.
 
To obtain an accurate oral temperature wait for 20-30 minutes after:
  • consuming hot or cold food or beverages
  • smoking
  • bathing
  • physical activity or exercise

Procedure

  • Turn on the Thermometer.
  • Put the tip under your tongue, towards the back of your mouth.
  • Close your lips around the Thermometer and support it at the end with your hand.
  • Wait for 1-2 minutes until it beeps or flashes.
  • Record your result.

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