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Assessing Oral Body Temperature With a Tympanic Membrane Thermometer Covered by a Protective Probe Cover

Achievement of SATISFACTORY in all categories is necessary

Student's Name: ____________________

Grade (circle one):

P = achieved 3 or above in all categories

F = achieved 2 or below in one or more categories

The following scale is utilized:

1 = Failing 2 = Unsatisfactory 3 = Satisfactory 4 = Good 5 = Superior

ACTION
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  • Gather the supplies
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  • Explain the procedure to the patient
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  • Wash and dry hands carefully
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  • Assist the patient in assuming a comfortable position that provides easy access to his/her right or left ear
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  • Remove the tympanic membrane thermometer from its protective storage container
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  • Attach a protective probe cover to the tympanic membrane thermometer probe by: 1) inserting the tympanic membrane thermometer probe into a protective probe cover in the protective probe cover box, 2) pushing firmly on the handle of the tympanic membrane thermometer until you feel the protective probe cover "snap" into place over the tympanic membrane thermometer probe, and 3) checking to assure that only one protective probe cover is attached to the tympanic membrane thermometer probe
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  • Press the "on" button on the tympanic membrane thermometer
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  • Verify that the tympanic membrane thermometer LCD panel displays "ready" before attempting to take a temperature
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  • Hold the tympanic membrane thermometer in your left hand (Reverse when taking a temperature in the right ear)
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  • With your right hand, pull the pinna of the patient's right ear straight back if the patient is under 1 year of age or up, out, and back if the patient is over 1 year of age or an adult (Reverse when taking a temperature in the right ear)
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  • Gently insert the probe of the tympanic membrane thermometer as far as possible into the patient's left ear canal until it is fully sealed off (Reverse when taking a temperature in the right ear)
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  • To take the patient's temperature: 1) hold the thermometer steady, 2) depress the "activation" button on the tympanic membrane thermometer, 3) hold down the "activation" button on the tympanic membane thermometer for one second, and 4) release the "activation" button on the tympanic membrane thermometer
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  • Release your hold on the pinna of the patient's left ear (Reverse when taking a temperature in the right ear)
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  • Gently remove the probe of the tympanic membrane thermometer from the patient's left ear (reverse when taking a temperature in the right ear)
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  • Note the numbers displayed on the LCD panel of the tympanic membrane thermometer to ascertain the patient's temperature
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  • Remove the protective probe cover by grasping the edges of the protective probe cover and pulling it off the probe of the tympanic membrane thermometer
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  • Discard the used protective probe cover in an appropriate receptacle
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  • Return the tympanic membrane thermometer to its protective storage container
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  • Wash and dry hands carefully
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  • Record the patient's temperature per agency policy
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