Are Tempa•DOT™ thermometers accurate?
Yes! Tempa•DOT™ thermometers meet ASTM E 825-87 requirements, which include accuracy requirements, for disposable fever thermometers. In addition, accuracy comparison to other types of thermometers has been proven in published clinical studies.
How much does it cost compared to what we are currently using?
Tempa•DOT™ thermometers are cost-effective because there are no hidden costs to use the product associated with cleaning, disinfection, maintenance, battery or recharging time, probe or ear cover costs, or theft associated with electronic and tympanic thermometers.
Are Tempa•DOT™, NexTemp® and TraxIt® latex-free?
All products and their packaging are latex-free.
We have used disposable thermometers before with unsatisfactory
Tempa•DOT™ and NexTemp® are the next evolution in disposable thermometers, improved
in the following
a. NexTemp® does not require controlled storage conditions.
NexTemp® can be carried in uniform pockets, left on counter tops,
kept in warm automobiles or ambulances, used in all environments.
b. NexTemp® will not over fire if left in place longer than the
60 seconds in the mouth or 3 minutes under the arm. Tempa-Dot is
designed to overfire by 0.6°F (0.3°C) if left in place longer
than the prescribed dwell time.
c. NexTemp® has a shelf life of 5 years and will retain its accuracy
even if continuously exposed to temperatures as high as 120°F
(49°C) for up to 30 days.
We use tympanic, electronic predictive, digital electronic, or glass
thermometers now. Why consider changing to TempaDOT™ or NexTemp® disposable thermometers?
The most compelling reason to change to NexTemp® Disposable
thermometers is enhanced infection control.
a. Currently, hospital-acquired infections have reached epidemic
proportions. Over 80,000 times annually, MRSA (Methicillin resistant
staphylococcus), VRE (Vancomycin resistant enterococcus), and multi-antibiotic
resistant TB cause extended hospital stays for patients. This averages
over $40,000 per occurrence for a national total exceeding $4 billion.
b. Among other items, thermometer probes, cords, and "boxes"
have been implicated as potential sources in the spread of infection
from bed to bed. Colonized caregivers and instrument surfaces may
expose the immunosuppressed patient in isolation and ICU to infectious
agents. Since caregivers may not strictly adhere to infection-reducing
protocols, (i.e. disinfecting hands or instruments between patients,
routinely changing gloves, etc.) it is easy to suspect these factors
as a potential source for these burgeoning statistics. Economical
NexTemp is disposable, and as such, it reduces the potential of
carrying an infection from patient to patient.
c. The potential cost saving for avoiding even one hospital acquired
infection can pay for a whole year's supply of NexTemp® disposable
d. A major ban on products containing mercury has occurred worldwide.
Environmental contamination due to improper disposal of broken mercury
fever thermometers has lead to restrictions on their use.
What about TempaDot's, NexTemp's and TraxIt's accuracy? How can we trust these
Tempa•DOT™, NexTemp® & TraxIt® are possibly the most accurate thermometers
you'll ever use for the following reasons:
a. Each green dot is a separate thermometer. It is precisely set
to react at one specific temperature, a temperature that is 0.2°F
(0.1°C) higher than the dot that precedes it in the matrix and
0.2°F (0.1°C) lower than the following dot. It reads
temperature directly and does not predict it.
b. Each lot of thermometers is tested in multiple water baths for
accuracy using a statistically valid sampling plan. Accuracy is
required to be ±0.2 °F (0.1°C) within the critical
range of 98-102°F (37-39°C) and ±0.4°F (0.2°C)
elsewhere as prescribed by ASTM E 1299-96.
c. NexTemp thermometers do not go out of calibration due to handling,
dropping, electronic malfunctions, etc. Over its five-year shelf
life, each device retains its accuracy despite repeated cycling
of storage temperatures.
d. NexTemp® is your best choice for repeatable, accurate temperature
We already use another system in most of the hospital (nursing home,
clinic, etc.), why and where would we consider TempaDOT™ NexTemp® and
NexTemp is the ideal "alternative thermometry system",
which can easily be added to your current standard for the following
a. NexTemp and TraxIt provides an instant answer for those hard-to-take
temps in the nursery, isolation, blood bank, PACU, ER, dialysis,
and other specialty areas.
b. NexTemp and TraxIt require no hardware purchase or retraining.
c. NexTemp and TraxIt take advantage of familiar procedures and
offer a simple, low cost ancillary alternative.
d. NexTemp and TraxIt represent an inexpensive opportunity to compare
methods for improved infection control and increased efficiency.
Why should we use TraxIt on newborns, children, adolescents and
other selected patients where the axilla is a proper site for temperature
TraxIt represents the first real advance in temperature taking technique
since the introduction of tympanic thermometry over 15 years ago!
a. TraxIt provides a constant, wearable source of accurate temperature
measurement in hairless (or shaved) axillas.
b. Temperatures are virtually instant and extremely reliable because
the thermometer remains in place for up to 48 hours. Most axillary
temps are taken improperly, because proper dwell times (minimum
5 minutes, optimum 11 minutes) are usually not feasible. Continuous
temperature monitoring overcomes this former failing in the axillary
c. TraxIt® often represents the lowest cost alternative,
per temperature option available, because an unlimited number
of temperature readings may be taken during its' 48-hour placement
(an average of at least 6 per day is likely).
d. Non-compliant patients, those who are intubated or cannulated,
patients in post anesthesia care units, ICU patients and others
who can benefit from non-intrusive procedures may have underarm
areas shaved to accommodate TraxIt use.
e. TraxIt's extended range (94°F to 104.8°F) (35.0°C
to 41.9°C) allows continuous readings of hypothermic temperatures.
What special reasons exist for including NexTemp and TraxIt in our
hospital thermometry program?
NexTemp provides a unique opportunity to extend safe and accurate
temperature taking to the community.
a. Because of their simplicity, NexTemp, (and its companion wearable
product, TraxIt), caregivers can teach proper temperature techniques
prior to discharge and can thereby improve the temperature taking
reliability of parents, the elderly, and other hard to teach groups
when temperatures must be taken at home, on vacation, during emergencies,
etc. The use of toxic glass mercury and digital thermometers with
batteries can be eliminated with the use of NexTemp and TraxIt.
How can NexTemp disposable thermometers be cost-effective when compared
to "free" electronic predictive or tympanic thermometers
we use with probe covers?
Disposable NexTemp usually costs about the same as the probe cover
alone and probe covers can't take temperatures. Other major points
to be considered include:
a. No hardware means no capital equipment cost, no warranty charges,
and no need to constantly recalibrate units. There is no involvement
of the biomedical engineering department, no searching for lost
or stolen instruments, no need to set up computerized tracking systems,
no forced obsolescence, etc. All of these items add to the real
cost of taking each temperature.
b. Multiple caregivers can have instant access to thermometers
simultaneously. No waiting for the return of the department's only
instrument, no harried room-to-room searches for misplaced devices,
no administrative threats about payment for lost or stolen instruments
last seen on their floor, etc. This results in improved efficiency.
c. Disposable TempaDOT™ and NexTemp® represent significant direct comparative
savings due to the loss of product pre-firing prior to use and the loss
of efficiency by attempting to "recover" those units.
d. TempaDOT and NexTemp are very likely the lowest cost option for routine
temperature taking throughout a facility.
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