A new survey shows pediatricians ranked temporal artery thermometry (TAT) number one in overall preference over any other thermometry method and furthermore use and recommend the Exergen TemporalScanner over any other brand including Welch Allyn.
Forty two percent of pediatricians use the Exergen TAT and 36% recommend it to their patients, ranking highest in both categories, compared to the Welch Allyn Electronic Rectal/Oral/Axillary thermometers, ranking second and third respectively. In addition, the results show that nearly two-thirds of pediatricians (64.4%) who use or recommend Exergen temporal artery thermometers do so for patients of all ages, also the highest of any thermometer brand.
Of the 268 survey respondents, 40.5% ranked TAT number one based on overall preference, compared to 17.7% for rectal, 27.2% for ear, 10.3% for oral and 3.9% for axillary thermometry. In addition, more than half (57.3%) of pediatricians ranked TAT number one in ease of use.
Survey respondents noted strengths of temporal artery thermometry, including ease of use and accuracy. The survey also captured pediatricians’ commentary about temporal artery thermometry. According to one physician respondent, “Temporal Artery Exergen has made my life very easy!” Another respondent said, “Temporal Artery is easy to use for nurse, patient and family.”
The survey was conducted by Pragmatic Research and pediatricians were not told that it was sponsored by Exergen. The results were consistent with other independent research involving nurses and other healthcare professionals in various clinical settings.