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glass with a narrowing above the bulb so that the mercurycolumn stays in position even when the instrument is removed.The use of this type is now being eradicated as the mercuryContent is dangerous to people.Digital thermometerMay be inserted into the mouth under the armpit or into theanus. This thermometer displays the reading in the LCD.This type of thermometer does not use mercury which ishazardous to humans. That is why more and more peopleare using it now. Also, using this is simple, quickand effective.Ear digital thermometerMeasures the heat coming from the eardrum. This release of heat isconverted into a temperature and displayed on an LCD.It is very easy to use this. You just must place the tip in the ear of aperson. Press the button and in a few seconds, the measurement is seen on the LCD.Using a Digital Thermometer (rectum through the anus)1. Wash your hands and take the thermometer out of its holder.2. Clean the probe (pointed end) of the thermometer with rubbing alcohol or soap andthen rinse it in cool water.3. Put a probe cover over the pointed end of the thermometer. If your thermometer didnot come with a probe cover then you can use it without one.
4. Lubricate the end of the probe with a small amount of lubricating jelly.5. Place your child (taking the temperature through the rectum is usually done onchildren) on his stomach across a firm surface or your lap before taking histemperature.6. Gently slide the probe of the thermometer into the rectum about a half inch. Stopinserting the thermometer if it becomes difficult to insert. Never force thethermometer into the rectum.7. Continue to hold the thermometer the entire time you are taking the temperature.Always stay with your client while taking the temperature.8. Keep the thermometer in place until it beeps then remove the thermometer9. Read the numbers on the LCD. These numbers are your client's temperature.10. If you used a probe cover, remove it and throw it away.11. Wash the probe of the thermometer with soap, water and rubbing alcohol when youare done. Put the thermometer’s tip cover. Place the thermometer in itsholder/container.12. Record the reading13. Wash your hands.Using a Digital Thermometer (mouth)1. Wash your hands and take the thermometer from its holder.2. Clean the probe (pointed end) of the thermometer with rubbing alcohol or soap andthen rinse it in cool water.3. Inform the client that you are going to take his temperature orally.4. Ask the client to wet his/her lips and pick up his tongue.5. Place the thermometer under the client’s tongue on one side of his/her mouth. Askhim/her to close his/her lips. (You may have to hold the thermometer specially if yourclient is sick and weak enough to even hold the thermometer with his/her lips.)6. Leave the thermometer in place until the thermometer signals it is finished. When itbeeps, it signifies that it can be removed.

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