Technologies scoping report 11

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Technologies scoping report 11

What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of temporal artery thermometers compared with infrared in-ear thermometers for temperature measurement in routine clinical practice?

In response to an enquiry from NHS Forth Valley

The following questions were scoped

1. What is the published evidence base for the clinical effectiveness of TAT  
in adults and in infants and children when compared with an appropriate  standard?

2. What is the published evidence base for the clinical effectiveness of TAT 
in adults and in infants and children when compared with rectal 
temperature measurement?

3. What is the published evidence base for TATs compared with IRETs for 
temperature assessment in routine clinical practice, in terms of:

a. clinical effectiveness
b. cost effectiveness
c. utility (including safety, ease of use and patient acceptability)

 

Published Date: 20 December 2012