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Table 2 Ability of parents and nurses to detect fever using a home tympanic thermometer, with a hospital tympanic thermometer being the reference standard

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

  Nurse reported fever on hospital thermometer Nurse reported no fever on hospital thermometer
Parent reported fever on home thermometer 13 2
Parent reported no fever on home thermometer 4* 41
Nurse reported fever on home thermometer 16 5
Nurse reported no fever on home thermometer 1** 38
  1. *Readings by parents were 37.8 °C, 37.9 °C, and 38.4 °C twice with corresponding hospital thermometer readings being 38.6 °C, 38.5 °C, 38.6 °C, and 39.6 °C
  2. **Reading was 38.4 °C on home thermometer and 38.6 °C on hospital thermometer