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Table 1 Comparison of results of temperatures measured by parents using a tympanic thermometer designed for home use, a nurse using the same thermometer, and the same nurse using a tympanic thermometer designed for hospital use

From: Accuracy of parents in measuring body temperature with a tympanic thermometer

  Mean absolute difference (°C) Range of absolute differences (°C) % of time where absolute difference ≥ 0.5 °C
Parent versus nurse using home tympanic thermometer
All children n = 60
0.44 ± 0.61 0.0 – 3.1 33%
Parent versus nurse using home tympanic thermometer
Afebrile children n = 43
0.44 ± 0.65 0.0–3.1 35%
Parent versus nurse using home tympanic thermometer
Febrile children n = 17
0.45 ± 0.51 0.10 – 1.9 29%
Nurse using home thermometer versus same nurse using hospital thermometer n = 60 0.24 ± 0.22 0.0 – 1.0 13%
Parent using home thermometer versus nurse using hospital thermometer N = 60 0.51± 0.63 0.0 – 3.4 72%