12 Measuring Predictive Temperature
Check that the correct temperature label for the measurement site is displayed: pTrect,
pToral, or pTaxil, and for axillary measurements verify that the correct patient category is
Remove the probe from the holder to turn the temperature measurement on.
Fit a new single-use probe cover onto the probe.
When the ready prompt appears, apply the probe to the patient.
During the measurement a progress indicator is displayed on the screen. When the temperature value is
available it appears on the screen with the time the measurement was made.
Discard the single-use probe cover and return the probe to the holder.
• Never apply the probe to the patient when the probe is not connected to the unit.
• Always use a single-use probe cover to limit patient cross-contamination.
• Measurement errors or inaccurate readings may result when:
– probe covers other than the specified probe covers are used (see Accessories section)
– the incorrect probe for the measurement site is used
– the patient temperature is below ambient temperature
• When making rectal temperature measurements, insert the probe slowly and carefully to avoid tissue
• Use of the incorrect probe holder may result in patient cross-contamination.
• Always ensure that the used probe cover is removed before attaching a new probe cover.
• Biting the probe during an oral measurement may result in damage to the probe.
• Do not take an axillary measurement through the patient's clothing. Direct probe-cover-to-skin
contact is required.
• If a probe is dropped or damaged, have it checked out by qualified service personnel before further
Making a Temperature Measurement